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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Bolton School Boys’ Division Year 7 pupil Luke James is celebrating after winning the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Mascot Design competition.
One of three winners, Luke’s design was chosen from over 1,000 entries from the UK and France. All three winners contributed elements to the overall design which were merged by illustrator Mark O'Hanlon to create the brand new tournament mascots ‘Grubber and Steed’. Grubber is a large bear character with a Rugby League ball shaped side-kick called Steed. Luke designed Grubber and the shirt he wears which has the logos of 14 competing nations on. Grubber and Steed will be there cheering on every team during the tournament.
Luke got to meet Grubber in person for the first time, when the two mascots, along with Leigh Centurions first team player Ryan Brierley, visited Bolton School infant pupils at Beech House as part of the Try Reading project. He was thrilled to come face to face with his creation, saying: "It looks really great - he is really big! I entered the competition after my mum saw it on the internet. I couldn't believe it when i found out i had won. I have never been so excited." As part of his prize, Luke also won tickets to two World Cup matches of his choice in addition to tickets to the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford, where he and the other winners will lead the players out with their mascot.
Rugby League World Cup 2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “To have young fans involved in the creation of our mascot was important for us. This was to make sure we really had something that 6-12 year old fans could really engage with. Grubber and Steed will play a big part of RLWC 2013 and will bring new fans and families to the tournament.”
Try Reading was launched to link with the 2013 Rugby World Cup to encourage people of all ages to take an interest in reading and to raise the profile of the tournament and of Rugby League in general. Over 150 events, including author talks, writing workshops and drama events are taking place across the North West, Yorkshire and Humber regions between April and November 2013. The project is being funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the arts Libraries fund by Arts Council England. It is among the first projects to have received an award through this fund and it recognises the positive connections that can be made between sport and the arts.
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