Pictured (back row l-r) Victoria Vettese and Caolan McBride from Cahoots Nl, with (middle row) Station Commander, Sean Trowlen, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, (NIFRS), Peter Hunniford, Customer Advisor, Northern Bank, Lisburn Branch and Constable George Ellis, Police Service of Northern Ireland, (PSNI) and (front row) Francesca Pickering, Ethan McGee, Anna Finlay and Roddy Buchanan from P7 class at Riverdale Primary School
FOUR local schools have been shortlisted in the competition to design the official Mascot for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, which will be held in Northern Ireland.
Pupils from Riverdale, St Josephs, Moira and Meadow Bridge, are among 28 primary and special schools who have been shortlisted. In partnership with Northern Bank, the competition was open to all Primary and Special Schools across Northern Ireland who had to submit their ideas for the Mascot.
They went through to the next stage of the competition where they took part in an interactive performance and illustration workshop with Cahoots NI to help bring their Mascot character to life.
They will then submit their final design for the Mascot. One will then be chosen as the overall winner and become into the official Mascot for the Games.
Dame Mary Peters, Patron of the 2013 Games said — The standard of entry was very high and proves there is certainly a lot of creative talent in our Primary and Special Schools.
I am delighted that our young people have this opportunity to get involved in the build up to the 2013 Games and we can get them talking and thinking about sport in a creative way. I look forward to seeing all the final designs."
Rosamond Bennett, Head of Communications at Northern Bank, said — "There could be no more appropriate way in which to create the mascot for the World Police and Fire Games than to involve the imagination of our local schools."
Chief Fire Officer Peter Craig, speaking on behalf of the 2013 WPFG Board, said — "The Mascot will become the symbol for our Games here in Northern Ireland and will be seen by thousands of competitors and spectators from around the world in the build up to and during the Games in 2013."
The World Police and Fire Games is a global sporting event and up to 10,000 competitors plus spectators are expected when Northern Ireland hosts the Games in 2013. Firefighters, Police Officers, Prison Officers and Customs Officials are eligible to compete in over 65 sporting events.