The Name of the Sher­brooke 2013 Hum­ming­bird is…. Zigzag!

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On the oc­ca­sion of Québec Sports and Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Day, the Host So­ci­ety of the Canada Summer Games–Sher­brooke 2013 is proud to an­nounce the name of its mas­cot, a ruby-throated hum­ming­bird: ZigZag. Con­grat­u­la­tions to con­test win­ner, Alexan­dre Cor­riveau, a nine-year-old ath­lete from Notre-Dame-duRo­saire school in Sher­brooke, who came up with this great name!

More than 1150 names were sub­mit­ted via the mas­cot’s mi­crosite. A com- mit­tee led by Tom Allen, Chair of the Board and Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for the Sher­brooke Games, se­lected the name Zigzag. “I sug­gested this name be­cause hum­ming­birds make zigzags when they fly,” ex­plained Alexan­dre. In ad­di­tion to de­pict­ing such move­ment, the name Zigzag is dy­namic, easy to re­mem­ber, and means the same thing in English and French. The win­ner and mem­bers of his fam­ily are re­cip­i­ents of a VIP pass for the opening and clos­ing cer­e­monies and for all com­pe­ti­tions tak­ing place dur­ing the Games, from

Au­gust 2 to 17, 2013. Alexan­dre also wins sports ap­parel bear­ing the Canada Summer Games–Sher­brooke 2013 logo.

Af­ter its in­tro­duc­tion at the 500-day count­down to the Games event on March 20, the hum­ming­bird mas­cot toured the re­gion’s schools, in­tro­duc­ing it­self to young peo­ple, en­cour­ag­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in the con­test, and giv­ing them the chance to learn more about the multi-sport com­pe­ti­tion known as the Canada Summer Games. More than 10 000 stu­dents from 45 ele­men­tary and high schools had a chance to meet Zigzag. “Our hum­ming­bird is loved by both young and old. It shares its joy for life with ev­ery­one it meets and is a real uni­fy­ing force as are the Games, which are get­ting the com­mu­nity in­volved!” said Mireille Roberge, Co­or­di­na­tor – Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions.

The ruby-throated hum­ming­bird was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the Games be­cause it’s a true ath­lete that moves at in­cred­i­ble speeds. It’s a great trav­eller, ca­pa­ble of mi­grat­ing some 1000 km with­out stop­ping! A true sym­bol of free­dom, the hum­ming­bird is al­ways striv­ing to go higher and far­ther – just like an ath­lete!

Meet Zigzag dur­ing ma­jor events this spring and summer!

The Games team and mas­cot will be at­tend­ing sev­eral fes­ti­vals and events in the com­ing months to ex­plain what the Canada Summer Games are all about and in­spire them to be­come vol­un­teers. “We’re hop­ing peo­ple will take own­er­ship of the games, be proud that this event is tak­ing place in our re­gion, and talk about it. We’ll be very vis­i­ble, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to Get In the Games!” un­der­lined Tom Allen. You’ll be able to meet Zigzag at the Fête du cho­co­lat de Bromont, Fête du Lac des Na­tions de Sher­brooke, Fête des mas­cottes de Granby, Traver­sée In­ter­na­tionale du Lac Mem­phré­m­a­gog, and Ex­po­si­tion Val­lée de la Coat­i­cook, as well as at other events. Con­sult the mas­cot’s ac­tiv­ity sched­ule at www.2013canadagames.ca.

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