Mas­cots get ready and set to go

The Wharf - - News -

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.”

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Whizbee the Bee and Hero the Hedge­hog at the Lon­don Sta­dium

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