Looking for Canada's Cuddly Face of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The final countdown is on for teams of
young, aspiring mascot designers from across Canada to send in their
entries for the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge by Friday, March
For entry forms, mascot creation tips and contest rules go to toronto2015mascot.ca. Special four-page entry form brochures are also available across
southern Ontario through local school boards, YMCAs, regional libraries
and other community groups.
Since the challenge opened on January 7, hundreds of entries have come
in from coast-to-coast, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton,
Winnipeg, Gatineau, QC, Ratter Corner, NB, and Sackville, NS. They have
also arrived from the host municipalities of the 2015 Games, such as
Toronto, Milton, Ajax and Markham.
The entries are a rich and colourful assortment of animals, oddities and
fantasy creatures. They include a rabbit in running shorts, a raccoon
that looks like he is up to no good, a lion with an amethyst mane, a
dancing flame and friendly water drop, sleek blue-black penguins and
chubby cartoon birds, a skateboard loving fox, a polar bear named
Turbo, totem poles and Maple Leafs, and even a lightning bolt with
"It's been a real delight to go out into the community and talk to some
of the young mascot designers," said Olympic silver-medal-winning
trampolinist Jason Burnett.
"They're putting so much care, imagination, talent and teamwork into
their mascots that the characters just spring off the page and come to
life," he said. "I have no idea which mascot will be chosen but from
what I've seen so far, it's sure to be amazing!"
Steve Wallace, vice-president of brand activation for the TORONTO 2015
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), agreed.
"Once the contest closes on March 8, our job to choose the top six
designs is going to very hard indeed. But that's a good thing! That's
why we want to encourage all of the teams out there still hard at work
to send in their entries as soon as possible. We don't want anyone to
miss the deadline!" he said.
Once the contest closes, a special TO2015 panel will chose the top six
designs. The six teams behind those designs will then have the chance
to work with a professional illustrator to bring their creations to
life. These six designs will then be featured in a nationwide online
voting contest this spring.
The winning mascot design and its story will be revealed this summer.
About the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge
The contest is open to teams of children and youth aged 16 and under.
Teams can range in size from two to six people, including budding
artists, storytellers, mascot researchers and colouring experts—you
name it! To be considered, all hand-drawn entries and 250-word mascot
life stories must be mailed to TO2015 by March 8, 2013.
As the official ambassador of the Games, 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
The mascot could be an animal, an inanimate object or even a space
oddity that captures the excitement of the Games and the imagination of
the public. Think fun, colourful and community spirit!
All participants in the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge will
receive a special certificate. The team with the winning design and
their parents will also receive a personal mascot visit!
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
For further information:
Communications Advisor, TO2015