Borobi is winched down to the beach James Bond-style. Photograph: Matt Roberts/ Getty Images
Australian surfing champion Mark Occhilupo was on hand to interact with the cheerful, turquoise marsupial, depicted in press imagery giving two thumbs up.
Borobi was inspired by a draw by Brisbane schoolteacher Merrilyn Krohn, who said the competition was something I believed I could have a go at.
An idea came to mind as soon as I heard about the competition, Krohn said.
Her vision for Borobi was refined by professional designers and animation specialists.
Commonwealth Game pastor Stirling Hinchliffe was effusive about the finished product, describing the board shorts-wearing blue-and-yellow koala as an instant hit with enormous appeal.
Borobi is a very special and unique koala whose personality exemplifies all the values of the
Gold Coast and the Australian way of life … There is no doubt he will become an endearing personality of GC2018 and staggeringly popular with people of all ages.
Among Borobis traits, as articulated by the minister, are that he is fun, approachable, decided, passionate and active. He is also sun-smart, with visible stripes of zinc on his nose and cheek, and brand-aware, wearing a singlet bearing the official logo of the Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi
Borobi takes his name from an Indigenous word for koala. It was unfortunately misspelt by the Commonwealth Games in
its official welcome of the koala on Twitter.
Somewhat astonishingly, it is the first time the marsupial has been chosen as the mascot of a major Australian multisport event. Borobi had tough competition for the title, with the minister pointing out that a large number of koala mascots were submitted in the competition( more than any other animal ).
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Nigel Chamier said the Commonwealth would get to know Borobi and his life story over the coming two years.
And through him they will discover the wonderful values of the Gold coast and the Australian way of life.
Whether Borobi is embraced by the wider Australian public remains to be seen.
Itll have to go a long way to match potential impacts of a giant winking kangaroo named Matilda,
reported the Courier Mail when the hunt for a mascot began in June last year, referring to the 13 m-tall face of the 1982 Commonwealth Game in Brisbane. Matilda makes an entryway at the 1982 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Brisbane. Photo: National Archives of Australia
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said he was confident Borobi was the right anthropomorphised marsupial to fill Matildas enormous shoes( metaphorically speaking: both she and Borobi go barefoot ).
This mascot will bring merely the right enthusiasm, fun and energy our city is renowned for and will be part of the lasting legacy of what is shaping to be a great Games.
Borobi will be as memorable to our children as Matilda was to those who enjoyed Brisbane in 1982.
With the opening ceremony two years away, the
Queensland government has confirmed the $320 m building program for rivalry venues is on track and on budget, and all new and upgraded facilities are set to be delivered within the next 12 months.