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