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16 July 2005, 12:48 pm
The World Sailing Games Have Their Mascot!
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ISAF World Sailing Games 2006
Lake Neusiedl, Austria

"Flips" has been announced as the mascot of the ISAF World Sailing Games 2006, taking place on Lake Neusiedl, Austria from 10-20 May. The hilarious duck was drafted by a15 year old student, Theresa WAGNER (AUT), of the Pannoneum Neusiedl am See.
Fulfilling the idea of the ISAF World Sailing Games 2006 general manager Koloman WATZEK (AUT), Landeschulinspektor Gerhard RESCH (AUT) and Olympic gold medallist Christoph SIEBER (AUT) called out to the students of Burgenland to design a mascot for the Games.

At a preselection the jury choose the top five out of 482 drafts and then the winning design was chosen following voting on http://burgenland.orf.at, www.kurier.at and www.worldsailinggames2006.at.

For their artistic work the five finalists were rewarded with the ISAF World Sailing Games kitbag, including a Games' cap and T-shirt, a fleece sweater or a sailing jacket. The young artists are now perfectly prepared for their sailing day at the Bundesleistungszentrum in Neusiedl am See.

With the selection of the mascot behind them the organizing team are on a promotion tour during the school holidays through the five venues of the sailing games. The first destination was the municipal office of Breitenbrunn, where Koloman WATZEK handed out some beach flags, stickers, Games' caps, info flyers and stickers. The next stops will be Podersdorf, Weiden, Rust and Neusiedl.

Neusiedl am See also recently hosted the Austrian Sand Sculpture Festival where, with the ISAF World Sailing Games less than 300 days away, water was the topic. There was certainly no mistaking the influence of Henriette HANSEN's sculpture shown below!

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Anna Horvath
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