Saturday, 21 November 2009

Meet Tosha: Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 mascot

THE Manx cat mascot for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 will be called Tosha.The name was chosen after Islanders were invited to enter a competition to name the black Manx cat.

Tosha was the name suggested by Vicki Skellorn, of Ramsey, who wins the first ever mascot produced and a Commonwealth Youth Games and Department of Tourism and Leisure goody bag.

The name Tosha was chosen as it means "the first" in Manx Gaelic. Also, this is of significance because Isle of Man is going to be the first little nation to hold the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 will take place from September 7 to 13 and will involve 71 nations of the Commonwealth.

Last Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Pune, India, where the mascot was a baseball cap-wearing tiger called Jigrr — an amalgam of the Hindi word Jigar, which implies courage, and the grrr of a tiger roar.

Tosha will be produced as cuddly soft toys, and possibly gifts such as keyrings and mugs in seven different designs — one for each of the Games' sporting events: athletics, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, rugby 7s, swimming and cycling.

The easily-recognizable cat, designed by Andrew Martin, will also appear on all the promotional material used in the lead-up to the games.

President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Michael Fennell, of Jamaica, and federation chief executive Michael Hooper, of New Zealand, met the pupils at Scoill Vallajeelt as part of a three-day fact-finding tour to the Isle of Man ahead of the 2011 games.

To teach pupils about the upcoming major athletic event, each of the Island's primary schools has adopted a Commonwealth country to learn about. Pupils from Manor Park Primary School (Jamaica), Cronk-y-Berry Primary School (New Zealand) and Scoill Vallajeelt (Nigeria) played host to the visitors, who spent some of the time telling them about their countries.

To prepare the Island for the youth games, the DTL is spending over £1m to improve the outdoor facilities at the NSC and plans to create a national stadium on the site of the Bowl are in the pipeline.

The main Games hotel will be The Sefton, on Central Promenade, Douglas, where the Commonwealth Games Federation executive will also be based.

The next Commonwealth Youth Games to be held after the Manx event will take place in 2015 and will be hosted by the Independent State of Samoa, a group of islands in the South Pacific.


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