Meet Jude, our Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 mascot!
Jude was created by 10-year-old netball fanatic, Orla Burner, from Hertfordshire who was the winner of our design competition and who was the life and soul of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 party in Liverpool!
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. Inspired by the famous Beatles song ‘Hey Jude’, which is associated worldwide with Liverpool, she lives in the city down a long and winding road called Penny Lane. Jude is a Liver Bird, something she is very proud of – not only because Liver Birds are seen as a symbol of Liverpool, but also because they are energetic and agile animals, which are great attributes for a netball player.
Jude embodies the spirit of the sport and the international game by proudly displaying the colours of the tournament on her dress. Jude is 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.