Canada Winter Games launches mascot challenge

Alberta youth are being asked to design a mascot for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Game organizers are asking for applicants, ages five to 12, to submit a mascot design that they feel best represents the bold spirit, energy and rich history of the Red Deer region during the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games.

“Having kids submit a design is part of our plan to engage all age levels. We felt this challenge was best suited towards this age group,” said Scott Robinson, CEO of the Canada Winder Games.

Robinson said the committee is confident that the imagination of the youth throughout Central Alberta will create a memorable and special mascot for the games.

Applicants are asked to design a mascot based on one of the four following animals: a moose, deer, snowshoe hare or Alberta’s provincial bird, the great horned owl.

Along with a drawing of their mascot, applicants are asked to create a story and characteristics for their mascot, highlighting what makes them unique as well as a name.

Classes and individuals are invited to enter the challenge.

The winner of the mascot challenge will win a Canada Games Prize Pack, a pizza party for their class and will be eligible to be a torch bearer during the 2019 Canada Games torch relay.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and judged on the mascot’s connection to Red Deer and Central Alberta, artistic merit, alignment with the Canada Games brand and creativity in the name and story. Once the winning mascot is chosen, the design will be passed on to designers to create the final mascot, which will be released officially in the fall.

Red Deer will host the 27th Canada Winter Games Feb. 15 – March 3, 2019. The games will bring together 3,600 participants from across Canada to compete in more than 150 events in 19 sports.

Challenge entry forms and official rules are available at Applications can be made online, or by mail to 5205 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 6X3.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on May 12.

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