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Kids invited to join the 2019 Canada Winter Games challenge

Young Red Deerians encouraged to participate

  • Apr. 27, 2017 8:20 p.m.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games is searching for a mascot and is enlisting the help of kids in Central Alberta through the 2019 Games Mascot Challenge.

“In order to find the perfect mascot for the 2019 Canada Winter Games we are asking kids aged five to 12 to submit their ideas,” said Lyn Radford, chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. “We are confident that the imagination of youth throughout Central Alberta will create a truly special mascot and are excited to see the submissions.”

The 2019 Canada Winter Games mascot, presented by Riverside Dental Centre, will represent the bold spirit, rich history and energy of the region. Riverside Dental Centre joins the 2019 Canada Winter Games sponsor roster as a Bronze Sponsor.

“The Riverside Dental team is very excited to be involved with the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Dr. Tracy Dawes of Riverside Dental Centre. “We are strong believers in giving back to our community so the opportunity to partner on the mascot program is a great fit. We are looking forward to being able to help share the magic of the 2019 Canada Winter Games with kids and their families leading up to and during the 2019 Games”

Kids will be asked to choose from one of four animals that have local significance – the deer, the snowshoe hare, the moose and Alberta’s provincial bird, the great horned owl. Youth are asked to submit a drawing of the animal, a name and a back-story that makes their mascot a unique symbol of Central Alberta. The challenge is open to Central Alberta youth aged five to 12.

The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges made up of Canada Games staff and volunteers, Athlete Approved Advisory Group members and a Riverside Dental Centre representative.

The contest winner will be awarded a Canada Games prize pack and a pizza lunch for their class. The contest winner will also be a torchbearer during the 2019 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay.

The winning mascot design will be unveiled in fall 2017.

Challenge entry forms, official rules and instructions are available at and completed entries can either be submitted online or mailed to the 2019 Canada Winter Games office. Submission deadline is May 12th.

For more details on the 2019 Canada Winter Games Mascot Challenge, please visit

– Fawcett

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