Mascots get ready and set to go
The official mascots for this summer’s world athletics tournaments have been unveiled, and they were designed by a nineyear-old girl.
Elinor, from the West Midlands, won a competition to design the mascots for the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships which will both be held this summer at the London Stadium in the Olympic Park, Stratford.
In a bid to raise awareness about the decline of bees and hedgehogs around the UK, Elinor picked Whizbee the Bee and Hero the Hedgehog as the latest mascots. Elinor said: “It is so exciting that my designs were chosen. I was so happy. “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.”
Whizbee the Bee and Hero the Hedgehog at the London Stadium