TO2015 Mascot Unveiling
It is still 721 days away but the TO2015 Pan Am Games are at the front of my mind today! I had the opportunity to join CBC sports broadcasters Scott Russell and Carly Argo and Paralympic basketball player Tyler Miller at CBC Kids Day for the unveiling of the mascot!
Over the past few months, students from schools across the province submitted designs for the mascot for their chance to see their design come to life. Once all the submissions were viewed, 6 were selected and there was a final vote. It was a long anticipated announcement but today, at the CBC building downtown filled with kids, we all got the chance to see PACHI the Porcupine for the first time!!
It was such a blast to hang out with the young karate athletes, to lead a Pan Am Cheer and to see the TO2015 come to life!
Mascots are the face and the personality of a Games. For athletes, they are a common figure that symbolize the event and can bring us comfort and some fun. I remember in Beijing, I was lined up for finals. Needless to say, I was shaking I was so nervous! I was looking for anything to distract me from the intensity.. anything! In training, I have a habit of awkwardly dancing. In that moment, I looked up and saw the video of the Beijing mascots dancing around so, naturally, I started imitating them- dancing around and clapping my hands, probably looking a little bit on the silly side but for me, it was a sense of comfort that helped ease the tension that I was feeling.
The great thing about Pachi is his ability to connect with kids. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Connecting with kids- inspiring them to find something they can be passionate about whether it is sport, culture, the arts- anything! Pachi will be going around to so many communities over the next two years and will be able to share not only his story, but the story of the Pan Am Games, brining TO2015 to life to everyone he comes across so look our for Pachi the Porcupine in a town near you!!