Lincolnshire student wins London 2012 mascot competition

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A pupil from Caistor Grammar School has won a London 2012 education programme design competition to create a version of the London 2012 Paralympic mascot Mandeville that she feels represents the East Midlands.

The prize for winning the competition included having the opportunity to work with a top London designer to develop her design – which will now be made into an official version of Mandeville, as well as a London 2012 pin badge.

The initiative, for schools in the official London 2012 Education programme ‘Get Set’, invited children and young people in schools and colleges across the UK to design a version of Olympic mascot Wenlock and/or Paralympic mascot Mandeville that they thought represented the place in which they live, their community or their region.

Jessica was presented with a certificate and mounted copy of her design by former Triple Jumper, Olympic gold medallist and Deputy Chair of the LOCOG Nations and Regions board Jonathan Edwards during the Grantham School Games event.

There were more than 2,500 entries into the competition and Jessica’s design was shortlisted from the East Midlands to be invited to attend the national final in London. At the national final Jessica showcased her presentation skills as she pitched her design to a judging panel which included Jonathan Edwards, Paralympic wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan and London 2012 Head of Education, Nick Fuller.

After Jessica was announced as the winner from the East Midlands she travelled back down to London where she spent the day with a top London design agency, developing her design into a 3D animated mascot graphic. The design is now being developed into an official London 2012 pin badge and will be available to buy from www.london2012.com/shop this autumn.

Jessica said: ‘My mascot is vibrant and eye catching to show that Lincolnshire is an exciting and interesting place.