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Exciting young illustrator to help with Design a Mascot Competition

March 26, 2014

Cumbria School Games are calling on all young people to submit a design for the games mascot.  Designs should be creative, use bright colours and be based on one of the Spirit of the Games Values.  The values are Honesty, Determination, Passion, Self-Belief and Teamwork. 

All entries will be judged on originality, appeal to young people, how well it represents Cumbria and whether it embodies the spirit of the games values.   Entries will be judged in age groups and to ensure fairness, and will be re-drawn by local illustrator Heather Bennett. Heather will join the Cumbria School Games team for 2014 turning the shortlisted design entries into graphic illustrations which will then go onto be judged. 

The winning entry will go on to be made into the mascot for the Cumbria School Games multi sports festival event on the 1st July in Carlisle as the event sees 750 school children make up teams from every district competing in nine sports across four sites.

Emma Martin of the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee said:  “It’s great that Heather got in touch with us and was keen to be part of the Cumbria School Games this year. We have seen some of her work and we’re really excited about how she will bring the designs to life that come in from schools around the county.  

Heather has a bright future ahead of her in Graphics and Illustration. She is currently studying at Barrow Sixth Form College with aspirations of becoming a children's illustrator. She is already a valued contact in the books of marketing managers across Cumbria having already started to grow her portfolio of work in the county, including designing the South Lakes Animal Park mascot.
I know school children across Cumbria are already sharpening up their pencils through the conversations we’ve been having with schools on twitter so I can’t wait to start seeing them come in. It will be great that the winner will be able to get their mascot in person when we visit the winner’s school.”

Heather said; "I'm very excited to be part of this project. The thought of helping in such a huge competition is such an amazing feeling. I look forward to seeing the designs, and hope that the children have a lot of fun when designing the mascot. Try your best everyone!"

All entries need to be submitted to Active Cumbria on behalf of the Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee by Friday 25th April. The winning entry will receive their illustrated design by Heather and a £50 iTunes voucher presented by the mascot in person at their school >>More