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Official website of the Paralympic Movement

Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games - Mascots

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The first ever Paralympic mascots were created through a competition held by AVRO, a Dutch broadcasting company, in which entrants were asked to send in hand-made models. The winning bid, a pair of squirrels crafted by Necky Oprinsen from St. Michelsgestel, the Netherlands, was printed on memorabilia sold in Arnhem.