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Mascots unveiled for London Stadium world athletics championships

PUBLISHED: 09:37 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 20 April 2017

Whizbee and Hero have been unveiled as the mascots for this summer's world athletics championships  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for London 2017)

Whizbee and Hero have been unveiled as the mascots for this summer's world athletics championships (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for London 2017)

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You’ll be seeing a lot of these colourful creations this summer.

Whizbee and Hero have been unveiled as the mascots for this summer's world athletics championships  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for London 2017) Whizbee and Hero have been unveiled as the mascots for this summer's world athletics championships (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for London 2017)

Known as Whizbee and Hero, they are the brainchild of a nine-year-old girl and have been selected as the official mascots for this summer’s athletics championships at the London Stadium.

Whizbee, a bee with a prosthetic leg, will be out and about at the World Para Athletics Championships, while Hero the hedgehog will be the mascot for the IAAF World Championships.

More than 4,000 youngsters entered a competition in partnership with children’s television show Blue Peter, with the judging panel including athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Richard Whitehead.

Hero and Whizbee’s designer, a girl from the West Midlands called Elinor, said of her creations: “I chose Whizbee and Hero because they are endangered species and are survivors.

“Bees are really important because they make the world go around and hedgehogs are determined and brave.

“Whizbee has a blade like the Paralympians which is really important.”

Double Paralympic champion Richard added: “Being part of the judging panel was a great experience.

“It was difficult to choose the winner from the thousands of youngsters who entered designs through Blue Peter but Whizbee and Hero illustrate exactly what we were looking for.

“As a dad, the values of the championships are really important to me and London 2017 offers so much to inspire youngsters.

“Running at the championships knowing I have played a part in something for athletes and spectators to engage with is really exciting and I can’t wait to celebrate success with Whizbee in July.”

Tickets for the championships, which are taking place in July and August, are available from tickets.london2017athletics.com.

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