Otters Symbolically Chosen as Gwangju 2019 World Championships Mascots

Photo Courtesy: Twitter, @Gwangju2019_

The 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships will take place in Gwangju, South Korea July 12-28, 2019. On May 4, the Gwangju 2019 committee announced the mascot for the games via their Twitter account:

The otter swims right on track with the slogan of the games, “Dive Into Peace.” According to the event website, the saying was developed in hopes of enhancing human peace in the city. The website also further explained the choice of otters as mascots:

“The mascot of the 2019 Gwangju FINA World Championships is the otter, a flagship species of Mt. Mudeungsan that has returned to the Yeongsangang River of Gwangju. The otter swimming freely in the water symbolizes the swimmers’ passion for challenge and promotes the “spirits of peace” to the citizens of the world enjoying the harmonious festival.”

The theme of peace is consistent throughout all elements of the Championships. The Strategy and Goals of the event are outlined as follows:

  • People – Peaceful coexistence of humanity
  • Environment – Green Championships, Best athlete experience
  • Advance – Advancing toward a dream
  • Culture – Building an inclusive culture
  • Economy – Boosting local economy and sustainable Championships legacy

The Championships will represent the challenge and process of reaching these goals.

FINA contributed to this report.

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Author: Diana Pimer

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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