The Search is On
In January 2017 we teamed up with iconic BBC children's television programme Blue Peter and asked children aged 6-15 across the country to submit their designs for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 mascot.
The rules were simple:
* They needed to head over to the Blue Peter website and download a competition entry form
* Fill in all the required details and design a mascot for the Championships
* It could be any shape or size, an object, animal or even a superhero! Whatever they wanted it to be
After receiving more than 4000 entries from children across the UK, a star-studded judging panel, including Richard Whitehead, was tasked with whittling down to the final 30 best designs.
By the time the final 30 designs had been chosen, 29 of those selected had come from children outside of London, demonstrating the widespread appeal of the summer's championships.
On Thursday 20 April Whizbee the Bee, designed by Elinor, aged nine from the West Midlands, was revealed as the official mascot for the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.
As the number of bees across the UK continue to diminish, a big inspiration behind Elinor's design for Whizbee was the need to spread awareness about the protection of bees.
Also key to her design was the presence of a prosthetic blade, meaning Whizbee will be the first ever championship mascot fitted with a prosthesis.
So, let's meet Whizbee...
“Hi I’m Whizbee the Bee and I’m the official mascot of the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017!
"I love athletics and watching all the different events. My favourite is the relay race. In this race the runners must work together as a team, just like me and my friends making honey! We all fly from place to place to look for the best food. If I find something tasty I tell my friends by doing a special dance called the waggle dance! I wonder if any of the relay runners will dance if they win their race…? I can’t wait to find out!
"See you in London this summer!”
Fans attending the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 – the world's biggest sporting event of the year – can expect to see Whizbee creating a buzz the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer.
Meanwhile, Elinor has already had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear on Blue Peter with Whizbee. She has also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour to see how her original design and ideas behind Hero were brought to life – Elinor even helped play a part in creating Whizbee's costume. She will also receive four tickets to a session at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, a VIP tour of the London Stadium, a framed photo of the finished mascot and a Blue Peter orange competition badge.