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These amazing Indigenous markings are more than just intricate patterns, they’re a sign of Borobi’s great calling to become the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Mascot.
You can see each of the Commonwealth countries represented by the campsite, which is the big circle on Borobi’s feet.
The athletes’ journey to the Games is indicated by the lines directing to the main campsite/meeting place on the Gold Coast (the big circle on Borobi’s hands), which also means the ocean/water in Yugambeh symbols.
The wavy lines on the fingertips represent the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games and the scattered dots symbolise the spectators from all over the world.
INDIGENOUS ARTIST – CHERN’EE SUTTON
The markings on Borobi’s paws were created by contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton.
Chern’ee’s heritage lies with the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area in Queensland, Australia. She first started painting when she was thirteen and paints mostly on canvas using acrylic and raised acrylic paints.
The talented artist has created artworks for Tennis Australia and the National Rugby League and also has paintings hanging in several Government offices, including Queensland’s Parliament House and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Headquarters.
The koala is a marsupial mammal, which means it has a pouch and suckles its young. Koalas have grey fur and grow to approximately 60 – 85cm tall. They have a stout body and short legs, which they use to climb the beautiful Australian eucalyptus gum trees.
Koalas are considered arboreal, or tree-dwellers, although they will descend to the ground to move from one tree to another. These cuddly mammals are mainly nocturnal, spending almost 18 hours per day sleeping and are active mainly during the night.
When Borobi was born, all his Koala kin huddled around, utterly mesmerised by him and his very different paws. Each one bore unusual markings that Grandpa Koala, thought resembled drawings of the local people who spoke the Yugambeh language. Grandpa wondered if it could be a sign of great things to come.
The markings weren’t the only special thing about his paws. Borobi was missing the second thumb most koalas have to help them climb trees, so he spent more time on lower branches where he watched surfers ride waves. The more Borobi watched, the more he dreamed of learning to surf. Even though, koalas didn’t normally surf.
One morning, he slapped on some sunscreen and joined a ‘learn to surf’ school. In no time, he was paddling out back. He put in so much effort, his crimson nose glowed even brighter. But try as he might, every time he attempted to catch a wave, he’d tumble off his board into the cool, blue water.
Determined to learn how to surf, he walked to different Gold Coast beaches, leaving a trail of amazing pawprints. While Borobi was having lots of fun, he still hadn’t caught his first wave. After weeks of trying, he noticed a magical transformation. His grey fur had turned a vibrant blue – the colour of the water.
One day, when Borobi was out in the surf he saw the largest wave he’d ever seen rise up over the horizon. So he started paddling as hard as he could and was soon lifted to the top of the crest. Borobi leapt to his feet, landing perfectly on the surfboard. He was up and riding the wave!
As he walked up the beach, an elder approached Borobi. He explained that he’d been following Borobi’s pawprints, which had intricate patterns that spoke of a great gathering. The circles represented a large meeting place, the dots were spectators and the lines symbolised the athletes’ journey.
Borobi was blown away by this revelation and knew that destiny was calling. It would be his duty to be the Mascot of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. In the lead-up to the Games, you’ll see Borobi training hard with the athletes from all around the Commonwealth.
You may even see Borobi trying many of the Commonwealth Games sports. After all, who’d try to stop him from giving them a go? But while Borobi loves trying different sports, there’s nothing he loves more than supporting the athletes.
Today, you can see Borobi almost everywhere. A bright blue flash darting here and there, spreading the word about the exciting sporting events that will take place in 2018. He still proudly wears his vivid blue fur as a permanent reminder to never give up and that with a little hard work, any dream can come true.
The song — Days of Gold
The official song of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Mascot, Borobi, is the Busby Marou track ‘Days of Gold’, which was released on 17 October 2014. This song, written by Phil Barton, Thomas Busby & Lindsay Rimes is a very ‘poppy’, ‘anthemic’ song.
It’s the perfect song for Borobi because it’s about making the most of every opportunity to achieve your dreams, no matter how far out of reach they may seem.
Busby Marou (pronounced Buz-bee Ma-roo) are an Australian duo originally from Rockhampton, Queensland.
The band, featuring Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou, have created a unique vibe based on Tom’s everyman’s approach to storytelling interspersed with Jeremy’s guitar virtuosity.
The duo has shared the stage with the likes of James Blunt, Passenger, The Beach Boys and Ed Sheeran. They are also big favourites on the Australian summer festival circuit listed as highlights at Bluesfest, Queenscliff and Woodford.
Their debut album achieved certified GOLD status in Australia, with the single ‘Biding My Time’ taking out an APRA award and ranking number 81 in Triple J’s Hottest 100. Their second album debuted at #5 on the National ARIA charts.