Porcupine unveiled in front of thousands of kids and on TORONTO2015.org/mascot
TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - After months of anticipation, Pachi the
porcupine was introduced today as the official mascot for the TORONTO
2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Thousands of young kids filled the CBC
atrium anxiously awaiting their chance to meet the new mascot.
Showing off his friendly, outgoing personality, Pachi took centre stage
at KIDS' CBC DAYS and dazzled the crowd with his brightly coloured
quills and his energetic dance moves. With the music of Canadian artist
Classified booming, Pachi and young karate athletes got the crowd of
kids on their feet, moving to the sounds of Inner Ninja —a song about determination, hard work and inner strength.
Originally designed by a group of four Grade 8 students, Team Porcupine
includes Fiona Hong, 13, Michelle Ing, 13, Paige Kunihiro, 14, and
Jenny Lee, 13, from Buttonville Public School in Markham, Ontario. The
young team entered the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge as part
of a school project led by physical education teacher Mari Ellery. The
team was challenged to come up with a unique mascot that represented
the Games and would be the ambassador for the largest multi-sport Games
Canada has ever hosted.
Pachi was selected from the more than 4,000 entries that were submitted
by groups of kids from across Canada, and was also the favourite in the
online voting contest that received more than 33,000 votes.
Porcupines have more than 30,000 quills, but Pachi has 41—one for each
of the Pan American countries participating in the Games. His quills
are five brilliant colours and represent qualities that he holds: green
is youth, fuchsia is passion, blue is collaboration, orange is
determination and purple is creativity. Like other porcupines, Pachi
has impaired vision and difficultly seeing people and objects that are
far away. He also sports a TORONTO 2015 hat and Pan Am and Parapan Am
"We are proud to introduce Pachi to Canadians and people from across the
Americas," said Ian Troop, chief executive officer for the TORONTO 2015
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "A lot of hard
work and creativity has gone into making this character and Pachi truly
represents the spirit of the Games."
"Mascots are the face of the Games and something that I remember fondly
from each of the Games I have competed at," said Rosie MacLennan,
Olympic and Pan Am gold medallist, trampoline. "Pachi is definitely
lovable and memorable."
Mascots are an important ambassador for the Games and a playful way to
engage and inspire kids and youth to get active and get involved.
Pachi's unveiling represents a significant milestone along the roadmap
to hosting the TORONTO 2015 Games.
"I'm pleased to welcome Pachi the porcupine to the TORONTO 2015 Games
family," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
"Thanks to the hard work of our young designers we have a unique and
friendly ambassador for our Games that Canadians from coast to coast
"Symbolizing the spirit of the 2015 Games, Pachi captures the energy,
excitement and creativity of our young people," said Michael Chan,
Ontario Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American
Games. "Pachi will be a great ambassador for the Games, as well as
Fiona, Michelle, Paige and Jenny, who I'm proud to say are from
Markham, Ontario! Congratulations to all who contributed their
creativity in giving the 2015 Games a unique identity."
Pachi's character came to life through a series of stages that included
the original design from Fiona, Michelle, Paige and Jenny, professional
illustration and refinement by renowned illustrator James Caswell and
finally costume design by Toronto-based Maydwell Mascots Inc.
"Our group was called the Pachi Pals because we thought the name was so
cute," commented Jenny. "And now kids from across Canada and the
Americas can be Pachi Pals too!"
"Meeting Pachi today was another one of those memorable moments and I
can't wait for the other athletes to meet him in 2015," added Tyler
Miller, Paralympic gold medallist and Parapan Am bronze medallist,
People can meet Pachi online at TORONTO2015.org/mascot. The website features information and news about Pachi, fun downloads
such as colouring pages, photos and videos as well as stories of his
travels in The Mascot Diaries.
Beginning tomorrow, Pachi will make appearances in communities across
the Games footprint as the ambassador for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and
Parapan Am Games. He will be back at KIDS' CBC DAYS in Toronto on
Thursday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For a list of Pachi's
upcoming appearances or to request him to attend your event, visit
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
Image with caption: "Pachi (CNW Group/Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130717_C8051_PHOTO_EN_29079.jpg
Image with caption: "Pan Am Mascot Launch (CNW Group/Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130717_C8051_PHOTO_EN_29104.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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