Prince George 2019: mascot and medals revealed

Canadian city preparing the stage for Para Nordic Skiing World Champs

the official mascot of Prince George 2019, Fraser the Moose Fraser the Moose is the official mascot of Prince George © • Kelly Bergman/Prince George 2019

The medals and mascot for the Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships have been revealed, with less than six months to go until the event.

The mascot of Tourism Prince George is Fraser the Moose, and as part of the Championships build up a specially customised version will be sold across the city.

“I have no doubt that we will create a truly exceptional experience for our guests that will enable us to showcase our amazing community and region and shine the spotlight on the opportunities for para sports and accessibility,” said Kevin Pettersen, chair of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

A six-months-to-go celebration took place last week in the Canadian city with an ice sculpture showcasing the design of the event medals.

Around 140 athletes from 20 countries are expected to compete from 16-24 February next year in both Para cross-country and Para biathlon events.

The 2019 Prince George LOC counts with the support of Tourism Prince George, Northern Development Initiatives Trust, Province of British Columbia (BC), Government of Canada, World Para Nordic Skiing and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

"Tourism Prince George is extremely excited about the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships,” said CEO Erica Hummel.

“This event will bring with it a significant economic impact to Prince George as well as showcase our community to thousands of viewers from over 20 countries through its webcast."

“Watching athletes from around the world pursue their path to an international podium on world class facilities in Northern BC is simply outstanding," said Joel McKay, CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust.

The last edition of the World Championships took place in Finsterau, Germany, in 2017.