The mascots for this summer’s London 2017 athletics have been unveiled after a nationwide search through BBC children’s television show Blue Peter.
Whizbee the Bee will be the official mascot of the World Para Athletics Championships, which takes place at the London Stadium from 14-23 July, and Hero the Hedgehog is the official mascot of the IAAF World Championships, which takes place at the same venue from 4-13 August.
Elinor, aged nine from the West Midlands, beat 4,000 other entries from across the UK.
“It is so exciting that my designs were chosen as the winner. I was so happy when I was told,” she said.
“When I saw the competition, I was really inspired but I didn’t think I would win. I chose Whizbee and Hero because they are endangered species and are survivors. Bees are really important because they make the world go around and hedgehogs are determined and brave. It’s really cool getting them made into proper mascots. I can’t wait to see them in the summer.”
Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was a part of the judging panel, added: “Having stepped away from the track it was nice to be asked to be involved in this year’s World Championships in a different way.
“I think Elinor’s reason for choosing a bee and hedgehog, and the fact that they are creatures in our everyday lives in Britain, made the designs stand out. Hopefully the mascots will bring a lot of fun and energy to the Championships.”
The biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – it is the first time both Championships have been held in the same city with over 3,000 athletes from over 200 nations competing over 20 days of action.
Source: Telegraph, Uk