Olly, Syd, Millie and Lizzie
|Olly, Syd and Millie|
The 2000 Summer Olympic mascots
|Origin of name||Short term for Olympics, Sydney and Millennium|
|First seen||January 1997|
|Last seen||October 1, 2000|
The 2000 Summer Paralympic mascot
|Origin of name||Short term for Lizard|
|First seen||January 1998|
|Last seen||October 29, 2000|
Olly, Syd and Millie were the official mascots of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, representing air, soil and water. Olly (from Olympics) the kookaburra represents the Olympic spirit of generosity. Syd (from Sydney) the platypus, represents the environment as well as the activity and energy of Australia and their population. Millie (from Millennium) the echidna, knows everything about technology and numerical data. The mascots were designed by Matthew Hattan and Jozef Szekeres.
The mascot for the 2000 Paralympics was "Lizzie" the Frill-necked Lizard. The frill of the Paralympic mascot was coloured in green and gold and represented the country via the shape. The ochre colour of Lizzie’s body aimed to mirror the colour of the land. The frill neck lizard is a native Australian animal which inhabits northern parts of the country. The lizard was chosen because of its will to survive along with its tenacity, it carries the Paralympic message of power and pride to both Australians and international audiences. The strength, determination and attitude of Lizzie symbolise the character traits of all Paralympic Athletes.
Lizzie has been given the voice of Olivia Newton-John, a well-known Australian singer, actor and entertainer. Olivia made performances with Lizzie leading up to the Games, spreading the word about excellence within the Paralympic Community.
The outstanding visibility and community engagement to Lizzie ultimately led to marketing success, unrivalled by the three olympic mascots. Lizzie captured the imagination of the public, leading to the iconic representation at the Paralympic games. The Australian Paralympic Committees noted the significant branding capitol and realised that this could be leveraged in the future.
- List of Olympic mascots
- List of Paralympic mascots
- List of Australian sporting mascots
- Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat, an unofficial mascot of the 2000 Games.
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Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki
| Olympic mascot
Olly, Syd and Millie
Powder, Copper and Coal
Salt Lake City 2002
| Paralympic mascot
Salt Lake City 2002
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