2019 Canada Winter Games Welcome Waskasoo
Tonight during the 2019 Canada Winter Games 500 Days Out milestone celebration, Waskasoo the deer was revealed as the mascot of the 2019 Games.
Twelve year old Mackenzie Van Damme of Lacombe designed Waskasoo as part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Mascot Challenge. Mackenzie’s design was selected from over 300 challenge entries to be the mascot of the 2019 Games.
“We are proud to congratulate Mackenzie for creating the perfect ambassador for the 2019 Games - Waskasoo,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. “Over the next 17 months, Waskasoo will help to share the magic of the 2019 Games with adults and youth alike in central Alberta through his enthusiasm, encouragement and kindness.”
The unveiling of Waskasoo is an important milestone as preparations continue for the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in the nation. The 2019 Games Mascot Program is presented by Riverside Dental Centre.
“Unveiling Waskasoo during the 500 Days Out event was a great way to get people talking about the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games and the incredible opportunities they will bring to Red Deer,” said the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Mackenzie Van Damme has already taken part by creating an outstanding mascot that really embraces the community’s character and lifestyle. Our government is proud to support the Canada Games, which provide unique opportunities not only for our up-and-coming athletes, but also for young people like Mackenzie who wish to participate in other ways.”
“Alberta is very excited to be hosting the Canada Winter Games in 2019, and extremely proud of Mackenzie for creating a mascot that reflects Alberta’s creativity, culture and passion for sport,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for sport. “I look forward to welcoming athletes from across Canada to the City of Red Deer in 500 days!”
As the winner of the Mascot Challenge, Mackenzie wins a Canada Games prize pack and a pizza lunch for her class. Mackenzie will also be a torchbearer during the 2019 Games Torch Relay.
“The unveiling of the mascot Waskasoo designed by Mackenzie reminds us of all the ways the Canada Winter Games positively impacts our City and region,” said Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “In less than 500 days Red Deer will be profiled on the national stage when we welcome more than 20,000 Canadians to our city during the 2019 Canada Winter Games, with athletes competing in our national level facilities, visitors taking part in the festivities; and Red Deerians benefiting from the economic spin-off from the Games. Thank you to Mackenzie on behalf of The City for her creative submission.”
“The mascot plays a very important role at each Canada Games,” says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “A Canada Games mascot embodies the values of a Host Society and is a powerful symbol that brings together an entire community. Mackenzie did an incredible job designing Waskasoo and we very much look forward to seeing him at numerous 2019 Canada Winter Games events in the near future.”
With 500 days until the 2019 Games, Waskasoo will promote the 2019 Games throughout communities in central Alberta. Community groups in central Alberta are encouraged to complete a mascot appearance request form on canadagames.ca/2019 if they are interested in Waskasoo making an appearance at their event.