Winning design to greet Canadians for first time on July 17
TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The results from the nationwide online
voting contest for the TORONTO 2015 mascot are in … but the winning
mascot will not be revealed until July 17.
As of 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 5, more than 33,000 votes had been
tallied at toronto2015mascot.ca in Canada's first online vote to determine the mascot for an
international multi-sport Games.
The choice was not easy. The six finalists — all designed by teams of
young Canadians — included a moose in running shoes, a Maple
Leaf-headed beaver, a punk porcupine, a rainbow-hued owl, a rascally
raccoon and twins wearing funky hats.
"Once again, congratulations and thank you to the young mascot design
teams for all their hard work, as well as all the Canadians who took
the time to get to know our Top 6 finalists and cast a vote," said Ian
Troop, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).
"Over the next few weeks, our internal mascot team will be hard at work
putting the finishing touches on the winning mascot before making its
debut this summer," he added.
The Top 6 finalists are:
Moose: Designed by best friends Phoebe Zhou, 13, and Carrie Chen, 14, from JB
Tyrrell Senior Public School in Toronto;
Beaver: Entered by siblings Kirollos Kilada, 15, Mira Kilada, 11, and their
cousin Marco Adly, 13, from Mississauga, ON;
Porcupine: Submitted by Grade 8 students Fiona Hong, 13, Michelle Ing, 13, Paige
Kunihiro, 14, and Jenny Lee, 13, from Buttonville Public School in
Owl: Designed by Cindy Wang, 12, Marco Yang, 12, Eric Li, 12, Tommy Truong,
12, and Michelle Dong, 13, at JB Tyrrell Senior Public School in
Raccoon: Submitted by the youngest team remaining in the contest, Irene Gallido,
11, and Mariyalini Suresheaj, 12, from St. Francis de Sales Catholic
School in Toronto;
The Twins: Created by Sabrina Tang and Victoria Lee, both aged 15, from Norman
Bethune Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
The six finalists were chosen by a panel of judges from the more than
4,130 entries submitted by teams of young designers, radiating out from
the Games region to the Prairies and East and West Coasts of Canada.
More than 15,000 young people participated in the TORONTO 2015 Mascot
Creation Challenge, which officially closed on March 8.
Each submission was judged on its originality, kid appeal, how well it
represented the Games region and Canada, and whether it embodied the
spirit and values of the Games. To ensure fairness when Canadians
voted, a professional artist illustrated the Top 6 designs using the
same colour palette and style across the board while maintaining the
integrity of each original design.
TO2015 will publish in-depth profiles of each of the Top 6 mascot teams
on toronto2015.org in the run-up to the official mascot unveiling on July 17. The first
profile is of the owl team; it will go live on May 9, followed by the
beaver on May 16; the porcupine on May 23; the twins on May 30; the
raccoon on June 6, and ending with the moose on June 13. The Mascot Diaries, a behind-the-scenes look at the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation
Challenge, is also continuing at themascotdiaries.ca.
On July 17, the winning mascot will greet Canadians and the world for
the first time. Over the next two years, the mascot will visit
communities and schools throughout Ontario and Canada, welcome athletes
and visitors from 41 countries in 2015 and appear on signage and
merchandise, including the always popular collectible pins and plush
All participants in the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge have
received a special certificate by email from the Organizing Committee
recognizing their contribution to the Games. The team with the winning
design and its group leader will also receive a personal mascot visit
after the big reveal this summer.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
The Pan American and Parapan American Games are one of the world's
largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for
athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports
Organization (PASO) and 28 member nations of the Americas Paralympic
Committee (APC). The Pan American Games are comprised of all Olympic
Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports, while
the Parapan American Games are comprised of the majority of Paralympic
Summer Games sports. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American
Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
and feature 51 sports in municipalities across the Greater Golden
Horseshoe area. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14. For more
information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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