The Gold Coast’s favourite koala, Borobi will be packing his bags and heading for Birmingham in 2022 as the official mascot for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.
Borobi was the official mascot of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and is well practised in cheering on our Aussie Athletes, his recognisable blue fur and marking have become so popular that Borobi plush toys were in record demand after the 2018 event.
The appointment of Borobi as the team mascot continues a great association with the Commonwealth Games organisation and the Yugambeh People, as he champions the language of the people and every year ‘Borobi Day’ is celebrated during National Reconciliation Week in May each year to raise awareness of Indigenous languages in Australia.Borobi Day.
Australian team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM said it was great news that Borobi would be along for the ride in Birmingham.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to say ‘jingeri jimbelung’ to Borobi and have him as the mascot for our Australian Team in Birmingham,” Thomas said.
“He was so popular on the Gold Coast and having Borobi cheering in the stands and around the grounds will be a massive boost for our team and we are excited to see the energy he will bring.”
Yugambeh Elder Uncle Ted Williams said he was proud to see Borobi promote Indigenous culture on the world stage and was the perfect choice as team mascot.
“I think it means so much for our Indigenous languages. We used to have more than 200 languages in our nation and they’ve died away, but they are now being resurrected,” Williams said.
“Borobi being an Indigenous languages champion will help us reinvigorate and resurrect our languages.”