London, March 29, 2019: Mascot design winner Orla Burner revealed her prize-winning creation – Jude the Liver Bird – in a special assembly at her school on the 25th March 2019 (Vitality Netball World Cup).
England international and Vitality Netball World Cup ambassador Jade Clarke accompanied Orla in revealing the mascot to the world.
10 year old Orla lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire with her parents and younger sister.
She is a passionate Netball fan, playing the sport every week, representing her school as part of the under-10 squad and watching her local Vitality Netball Superleague team Saracens Mavericks regularly.
Over 100 entries were submitted for the mascot competition, with Orla’s design being chosen by event director Lindsay Impett and Jade Clarke.
Speaking about her design, Orla said:
‘I thought about all the things that Liverpool and Netball are known for and used those to inspire my mascot creation.
When i think about seeing Jude at the World Cup and watching England play their first game, i feel so excited i could scream’.
Jude will be in Liverpool to welcome teams and visitors to the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 from all over the world.
Meet Jude, our Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 mascot!
Jude has been created by 10-year-old netball fanatic, Orla Burner, from Hertfordshire who was the winner of our design competition and will be the life and soul of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 party in Liverpool!
JUDE’S STORY From the colour of her feathers to her name and what she stands for, Jude embodies the pivotal elements of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019.
Here 10-year-old Orla, the mastermind behind Jude’s design, tells us the story of our feathered friend and what she represents:
My mascot’s name is Jude.
Embodies the spirit of the sport and the international game by proudly displaying the colours of the tournament on her dress.
A very happy and positive individual and she believes in the power of netball and its ability to bring people together from many different backgrounds and cultures.
In her spare time, Jude loves to go down to Royal Albert Dock, where she keeps her Yellow Submarine.
From here she sets out on adventures around the world, introducing people to the wonderful sport of netball and showing the amazing power it has to bring girls together as groups of friends who are stronger as teams than as individuals.
I believe Jude will be a fantastic mascot as she represents girl power, brings to life both the heritage of Liverpool and the culture of world netball, and spreads positive energy wherever she goes.
Jude believes passionately in fair play and is tenacious on the court.
A great role model for fans of netball, she encourages girls to spread their wings and soar to new heights. —- INF