Nuneaton and Bedworth sports fans meet Perry, the mascot of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Published on Thursday, 25th March 2021
Perry and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games hope to inspire athletes and sports fans in Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Perry, a bull adorned with a patchwork of multi-coloured hexagons was inspired by the design of ten-year-old Emma Lou, the winner of a national design competition that took place over the summer of 2020.
The competition tasked children aged 5-15 with creating a mascot that reflects the identity, heritage and culture of Birmingham and the West Midlands.
The winning design was combined with the findings of the first ever Virtual Mascot Summit in July 2020 which saw more than 50 children take part to develop the mascot’s characteristics, values, and movements, helping to inspire Perry’s personality.
Kevin Hollis, Director for Leisure, Health and Recreation, said:
“Here at Nuneaton and Bedworth we are delighted to welcome Perry to his position of Commonwealth Games mascot.
“We hope that these games will help even more people become aware of the importance of sport and fitness in their lives and encourage them to use the borough’s leisure centres and recreational spaces.’’
Nuneaton and Bedworth has seen many of its athletes compete with distinction at previous Commonwealth Games’ such as cyclist Ernie Crutchlow, gymnast David Eaton, heptathlete Judy Simpson, swimmer Adam Whitehead, discus thrower Karen Pugh and race walker Andy Penn.
Perry will be visiting Midlands schools throughout the coming months to help promote the games.
They are the biggest sports event to be held in the United Kingdom for a decade and will be seen by a global audience of more than one billion people.
For further details about Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games go to: www.birmingham2022.com
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