Wahooo! Mascot gets a name

Published October 22nd, 2009 - 07:50 GMT

The cool turtle mascot for the highly anticipated Wahooo! indoor/outdoor waterpark has finally got a name.

The coolest young turtle in town will be called Squirtle.

More than 500 participants from over 25 schools in Bahrain took part in the competition, which was held from June 1 till June 28. The competition was open to children between 6–16 years of age who had to propose a name that they believed best suited the mascot.

The suggested names were in English and in Arabic and the winner, Mitchell Sandy, won a Wahooo! family pass to enjoy all the facilities once the waterpark is open in October and a goodie bag. Scarlet Robinson, second winner and Rebecca Dench, third prize winner won a family pass and two tickets for the waterpark respectively.

Wahooo!’s General Manager, Damien Latham was overwhelmed by the response. “The name had to sum up the surfy, sunny, funny character of Squirtle. He’s a laid back dude and a great ambassador for the waterpark and we wanted him to reflect everything that we want our visitors to enjoy. It’s the perfect name and Squirtle loves it.”

The largest temperature-controlled indoor/outdoor waterpark will offer an incredible mix of slides, chutes and rising rapids. Among the many aqua-attractions is the exciting ‘Flowrider’, one of the world’s largest full size surfing machines, a 230 metre ‘Masterblaster Rollercoaster’ and a four-lane ‘Matt Racer’ that loops around the outer edge of the 15,000 square metre waterpark.

The green sea turtle was chosen as the mascot for the highly anticipated waterpark to highlight the dwindling numbers of the species in the world, particularly in the Middle East. Squirtle the Turtle will be Wahooo!’s ambassador for environmental awareness and will help spread the message of conserving the planet to all its visitors.

Wahooo! waterpark is owned by Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, the team that brought the wonder of snow to Dubai, and will open its doors in October.

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