Emma Lou, a 10-year-old British-Malaysian girl was recently announced winner of the national #MascotMaker competition for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Her design inspired the creation of the new official mascot, Perry the Bull. This adorable, colourful bull was hand-picked among hundreds of mascot designs submitted by children aged 5 to 15 in the national competition to design a mascot for Games in Birmingham.
“I feel as if I’m in a dream! I think the mascot is great, he looks so cute,” said the UK-born Emma, whose parents moved from Kuala Lumpur in 2007. “I am so excited that my design will be seen by so many people!” she said in a statement issued by the Games’ organisers. That is true, since this Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sports event held in the UK for a decade to be watched by a global audience of more than one billion people!
When asked about the design, the young designer said, “I chose a bull because of the famous Bullring in Birmingham, and I decided to use hexagons because they are the strongest shape and the whole world depends on each other.” The organisers shared that Perry, the bull mascot covered in hexagons of many colours, symbolises the coming together of the Commonwealth in equal partnership with the diverse communities of Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Denise Lewis, the President of Commonwealth Games England, said she knew the imagination of children would produce an “inspiring and unique” mascot like Perry when she helped to launch the mascot-making competition last year.
“I think what Emma has achieved is absolutely amazing,” said Emma’s proud father, Eric Lou. “As a dad, what I can do is just to inspire her, but what she did is to inspire more and more people and I think it gives me tremendous pride.”
Mascots have always played a huge part of entertaining crowds and getting everyone excited whenever there are major sport championships, such as the upcoming Commonwealth Games. The Bolton, Greater Manchester girl’s creation come to life will be seen by many worldwide, and may indeed be an inspiration to many more after her.
“From today, Perry will be a powerful icon for Birmingham 2022 all over the world, and we will be seeing a lot more of him during the countdown to the games,” said the 2022 Games CEO, Ian Reid, who saw that Perry is everything he hoped the mascot would be – bright, colourful, energetic, and representative of modern Birmingham and West Midlands.
Congratulations to Emma Lou for her major creative success! If you want to catch Perry in action, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8 next year, and will take place across the West Midlands.