Meet Perry, the official mascot of next year’s Commonwealth Games

The mascot is based upon the design of 10-year-old Emma Lou, winner of a national design competition that took place last summer. Emma drew inspiration from the iconic bronze bull statue at the entrance of the bullring. He has been named Perry, after the Perry Barr area of Birmingham where the Alexander Stadium is based.  

It is claimed that the mascot’s rainbow-coloured hexagons represent the coming together of the Commonwealth in equal partnership with the diverse communities of Birmingham and the West Midlands at the Games in 2022, due to take place between July 28 and August 8.

Perry is wearing a medal, designed to reference Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter, the United Kingdom’s centre for jewellery and precious metals for more than 200 years.

The area still produces around 40 per cent of the country’s jewellery and is home to one of the world’s largest Assay Offices, hallmarking millions of gold, silver and platinum items each year.

The mascot’s sports kit includes blue, red and yellow stripes, a nod to the colours of the official flag of Birmingham, and the city’s motto, "Forward."