Meet Borobi - the official mascot of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The unveiling of the mascot marks two years to go to the upcoming games in 2018, which will not only be Australia’s largest sporting event this decade but the largest event the Gold Coast has ever hosted.
‘Borobi’ means koala in the Yugambeh language, which is spoken by the Yugambeh Language Group of the Gold Coast in South East Queensland. As a result of declining koala numbers in the area due to habitat loss, the name hopes to inspire deeper storytelling about conservation and greater awareness for the koala species.
The mascot’s key features include indigenous markings on his hands and feet, his blue fur and yellow ears, red nose, sunscreen and one thumb on each paw which are all reflective of the Gold Coast lifestyle.
The symbolic markings on the mascot’s paws represent both male and female athletes and their journey, spectators from across the world and the uniting of various nations over the 11 day event.
For more information about the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, visit www.gc2018.com
Image credit: Glenn Hampson