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Our Mascot

Welcoming Canadian athletes and visitors to Niagara

Introducing Shelly

Shelly is the Official Mascot of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. A friendly and energetic turtle, Shelly proudly represents our region and is happy to welcome all Canadian athletes and visitors to Niagara.

Niagara 2021 Mascot 'Shelly' Illustration
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A portion of proceeds will support our turtle sustainability initiatives.

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Request Shelly

Our mascot loves to socialize and will be happy to make an appearance at your community event, school, service club or special event. Requirements: Organization must complete and submit appearance request form. Due to the volume of requests, please allow 1-2 week for response. If approved, the organization must provide a private location for the mascot to prepare, drinking water and allow a 15 minute break for each hour.

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Why the turtle?

There are many wonderful coincidences that explain why the turtle is the perfect fit for the 2022 Canada Games in Niagara. Consider the following connections:

Turtle Island

The turtle has been an important animal and traditional symbol for many First Nations people, who believed that North America was created by a huge turtle. Some even call the Niagara Escarpment the backbone, or heart, of what is known as “Turtle Island”.

The Case for Number 13

The symmetry between the turtle’s 13 large sections on its shell, Niagara’s 13 municipalities (12 municipalities plus 1 region), and Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.
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28 for 28

The alignment between the turtle’s 28 small sections on its shell and the fact that 2022 Niagara will be the 28th Canada Games.

Athlete Development

The Canada Games are an important part of the development of Canada’s young athletes. Achieving one’s potential in any sport requires persistence and diligence. As our friend the turtle has taught us, slow and steady wins the race!

Winners of the Mascot Challenge

Mascot Challenge Winner

As part of the Catch the Spirit Education program, students between the ages of 10 and 15 were invited to name and design the Niagara 2021 Canada Games mascot - a turtle! Local students Juan Josè Arbelaez, the design winner, and Naturelle Gerrard, the name winner, were recognized for their contributions towards Shelly’s creation on stage by Cari and Ron MacLean during the Mascot Reveal at Rogers Hometown Hockey, Sunday, November 10, 2019. Chromebook laptop for each winner courtesy of Spark Niagara.

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