We are excited to introduce you to our 2022 National Games mascot, Lonnie.
Lonnie is a regular at sporting events, but usually prefers to live the quiet life with her family in the beautiful wild scrubs of Cataract Gorge in Launceston. What a coincidence that the locals also call Launceston, Launnie! What is in the spelling of a name, if it all sounds the same?!
Lonnie is a well-recognised native marsupial, commonly called a Tasmanian devil. In palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, the name of the Tasmanian devil is purinina. We recognise this name and use it with thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.
Lonnie and her family have had to overcome several serious health challenges to survive and thrive, and their resilience in the face of adversity and difficulty, mirror our athletes ability to rise above any challenge and embrace life to the fullest.
Lonnie and the entire Launceston community will stand tall as ambassadors for Special Olympics athletes, while they train and prepare for our Games.