Blue Peter gets stuck in with all the World Para Athletics action in London. Join competition winner Elinor, as she heads behind the scenes at the Championships.
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-Linds, Linds, Linds!
-What're you doing?!
-The 2017 Sport Badge is that way!
-I want to see it!
Just... No! Linds! Wait for me!
I'm going to get there first!
And welcome to Blue Peter, where today we are at the London Stadium,
which is hosting the World Para Athletics Championships.
The best Para athletes from around the world are competing
just inside that stadium there, and I'm excited.
He's very excited today.
Now, you've been asking for it on the BP Fan Club,
you've been writing in about it and you saw us two just running for it,
but today's the day we are going to be launching the brand-new limited edition Sport Badge 2017.
-Today is the day!
-Look how excited he is! Come back, Radz.
Not only that, on today's show, you will see me
going head-to-head with some amazing American football players.
Barney will be launching himself head-first literally
and figuratively into the half-pipe with some super scootering.
-That still makes me laugh.
As well as that, we are going to play - thank you, Arm -
If you see her anywhere in the show today,
get in touch and let us know where she's hiding.
These Championships are the biggest sports event
happening in the entire world right now,
so imagine what it's like to design the mascot for the competition,
seen by millions of people around the world.
Well, Elinor did just that.
She's the winner of our London 2017 competition,
and here's her winner's story.
Way back in January,
we launched an incredible competition to design
the mascots for two of the biggest sporting events of the year -
the World Para Athletics and the IAAF World Championships London 2017.
Over 4,000 of you applied, which made picking a winner really tough.
Luckily, our judges included Paralympic World
and European champion Richard Whitehead
and Olympic, triple World and European champion Jessica Ennis Hill.
So I was really leaning towards this one.
Whether you can still have that with the last one... Argh!
It was an agonising decision, but finally they got there.
-Are we all agreed?
-And I think they'll both make brilliant mascots.
Our winner Elinor designed Hero the Hedgehog
for the IAAF World Championships
and Whizbee for the
World Para Athletics Championships,
and our judges loved them.
'Next, I had the exciting job of telling Ellie the amazing news.'
Hello, Elinor! You're our winner!
'So Ellie and I went to see the mascot costumes being made,
'and we even got to lend a helping hand.
'Well, Ellie helped - I just got in the way!'
Not really 100% what we were trying to aim for.
'By April, it was time to reveal the mascots to the world.'
Hero and Whizbee, welcome to Blue Peter. You look amazing.
'And in no time at all, Ellie and her mascots were superstars.
'So that's been Elinor, Whizbee
'and Hero's journey to the London Stadium so far.'
So that's it. That's everything. Competition done.
What, that? It's just the London Stadium. These?
These are just Elinor's tickets to the athletics...
inside that stadium...today!
You thought the competition was over. It's only just begun!
-Elinor. Straight up! That's your tickets.
This is my ticket. We've got them in our hands finally!
-How are you feeling?
That way there is the London Stadium. Shall we head there?
I can't wait. Let's go.
Thank you, there's my ticket. Let's go.
'Because this is the World Para Athletics Championships,
'it's Whizbee that's the star of the show, and can be seen everywhere.
'Today's going to BEE great!'
Look at that!
It's really big!
'With the action already underway, it's time to take our seats.'
Here we are. These are, like, the best seats in the house.
'And winging his way into view, it's only Whizbee himself!'
-Whizbee's got the Blue Peter badge!
-This is so unbelievably exciting!
We're seeing Whizbee in front of a crowd, right there!
In fact, let's go and meet Whizbee.
Look at that!
-Ellie, this is what you created. What are you thinking?
'But seeing her mascot in action isn't the only thing Ellie's going to experience today!'
-Are you ready for your tour?
Next stop, medal ceremonies.
'There's one thing we haven't told Ellie about today's medal ceremony - she's in it!'
Here, with Radzi from Blue Peter, let's give her a warm welcome - it's Ellie!
Ladies and gentlemen, do we think that Ellie is a worthy winner?
That was brilliant. Let's go.
'And it doesn't end there.
'Now the athletics is over,
'we get the incredible chance to go onto the actual track ourselves!
'This is so cool!'
Look at this place! Wow!
'We've almost got the stadium to ourselves,
'apart from one other TV crew, and guess who they're filming?'
That's Ellie being interviewed by Brazilian TV.
Blue Peter competitions go around the world.
'Whizbee is everywhere round here - on the screens and even
'driving the truck that collects the discus during the Championships.
'Nice driving, Ellie! That's one fast-moving bee.
'But someone who'll give Whizbee a run for the honey is two-time
'World Para Athletic and Paralympic T44 100-metre champion Jonnie Peacock!'
We're actually on the very track that you've just won your second World Championship title.
How actually are you feeling?
Er, yeah, bit tired! Bit tired but just really happy, really happy.
So Jonnie, what do you think of Elinor's mascot Whizbee?
When I saw him come out, you know, it was just such a cool design,
and to see him with his blade out, that was such a great twist,
which was really smart.
Whizbee is the first-ever mascot in the entire world with prosthesis.
That is so cool, yeah, and that's because of you, Elinor.
You're a world first!
That's progress, that's the world taking another step forward
and that's all because of you.
'That's high praise for Ellie's design, but we're not done yet.
'She's about to get a masterclass on how to start
'the 100 metres from this Para sport legend.
'I genuinely can't believe this.'
What we do is, just to get into the block,
put your feet in each pedal,
however you want to do it... Hands behind the line, otherwise we'll be
disqualified, and when he says "Set",
you just push up and raise high.
On your marks.
'Look at Ellie go! I am so jealous!'
-Jonnie, that has genuinely been an absolute privilege.
-Thank you so much.
-Thank you so much. It was great to meet you, too.
Elinor, what a day it has been.
We have come to the World Championships,
we've seen behind the scenes, we've seen a medal ceremony,
we've seen Whizbee in action, you've just had a masterclass by
Jonnie Peacock, an absolute legend of the sport - how are you feeling?!
-It was really incredible.
-It really was. Double high five.
And that can happen for you as well.
All you've got to do is apply for the next Blue Peter competition.
-Jonnie Peacock gave us a masterclass, Lindsey!
Radz, I've never seen you so excited!
How cool is that, and how happy must Elinor have been? Best thing ever.
-And you know what you do when you're happy?
-What? Oh, no, no, Radz!
-Now's not the time.
-It's time to get serious.
It is time to get down to business because so many of you got in touch
with us and asked about the new 2017 Sport Badge,
-so I think it's time to reveal it.
-Show the good people!
-Radz, are you ready?
-Yes! I was born ready!
-OK, this is the brand-new, limited edition 2017 Sport Badge.
Here it is!
How awesome is that, Radz?
-I think that is possibly my new favourite Blue Peter badge...
Everyone's loving it.
Look - you can see the gold for gold medals,
you've even got the straps in the shape of 2017.
Like we said, though, it is limited edition.
It's going to be tough to get, so if you want to get your hands on one, here's how.
-I'm getting light-headed.
The Blue Peter Sport Badge is all about inspiring others
to take part in sport.
Maybe you're cricket crazy,
hooked on hockey or fanatical about football.
Whatever your choice of sport, you could earn a Sport Badge.
Between now and September, get a friend involved in your sport.
Take them golfing, bring them to badminton -
it really is up to you -
but get a picture of you both taking part and go to the Blue Peter
website, fill in the application form, make sure your teacher,
parent or coach signs it, then pop it in the post and wait.
By applying for your Sport Badge, you could become one
of the judges for the Young Sports Personality Of The Year Award.
To get involved, ask your parent or guardian and tell us
why you would make a great judge.
One Sport Badge holder will get to sit on the judging panel
and go to the awards ceremony.
Applications are open until the 7th of September and if you
are looking for some inspiration, how about these legends?
Get involved and inspire one of your friends to take up a new sport.
Why don't you bring one of your friends along to try your sport
and you could earn one of these -
a Blue Peter Sport Badge.
Inspire a friend and get your hands on a 2017 Blue Peter Sport Badge.
This summer, why not inspire a friend to try a new sport?
You could earn yourself a Blue Peter Sport Badge.
-And we have got ours on right now.
You have only got one month in which to earn your Sport Badge.
But all you need to do is inspire a friend or family member to
take up a new sport.
Speaking of taking up a new sport, do you remember
when I tried football but American-style?
-Quite intense. Check this out.
This is it. I am waiting for the ball to be snapped.
It is my final chance to score a touchdown.
Sorry, guys, I am not actually explaining what's going on.
Let's take it back to the start. This is American football.
Bright, brash and bold.
American football is a modern sporting spectacle.
Huge in America, it is thought more than 150 million people
around the world watched last year's league final, the Super Bowl.
So I want to find out why so many people love it and who better
to tell me than former pros Osi and Jason from the BBC's NFL show.
So, guys, talk to me. Why is football so great?
Why should we all love it?
It is a beautiful event. It is for everyone.
It is a sport anybody can play.
Whether you are tall, short, big, small, skinny,
there is a position for you out there on that field.
NFL is getting big out here.
American football is getting big out here
and we are urging people to play.
I feel tiny stood next to you both,
but that is not an excuse, right? I can still play football.
Absolutely. You are good to go.
That's lucky because top amateur women's team
the Leeds Carnegie Chargers
are letting me join their ranks for the day.
Right, team, bring it in, let's take a knee.
First things first, I think we need to know the rules of the game.
Take it away, Coach Connor.
An American football pitch is 100 yards long.
The aim of the game is to take the ball to the opposite endzone
in order to score a touchdown.
Each team has 11 players on the field known as the offense
The offense can move down the field by running the ball
or throwing the ball.
It is the defense's job to stop the other team moving down the field.
And they stop them by tackling.
Which I am totally not ready for, but there is a gentler version
I can play first.
This is flag football. No tackling here.
By simply grabbing a player's flag, you stop them and for
youth teams like Carnegie's, it is a great way to first play the sport.
-It is different to other sports and it is fun.
-It keeps me healthy.
It is about teamwork.
This is great fun.
But if I am going to get a real taste of American football,
I probably need to play with some guys my own size.
Although they are quite a lot bigger than me.
-Coach, I've got my kit, I'm ready to go.
I just need to know first of all, what kind of things are you
good at? What things are you bringing to the team?
I am small, nifty, fairly agile.
-Yeah. I can run quite fast.
Well, not quite as fast as this guy.
But carrying the ball
while running is tricky, so Gaby here shows me how to hold it.
Cover it, fingers either side of the nose of the ball, tuck it in.
-Make sure your fingers go over again.
-Oh, I see.
-Nice and tight, no-one is getting it.
'The key is not to drop the ball when tackled
'so my grip needs to be tight.'
This is so intense!
I think the last one made me let go.
'Next, how to receive the ball from another player.'
You want your hands open like a gate.
It is going to get slammed in to your chest,
you cover it the same way we have just done and run
forward ready to take the hit.
Oh, missed it.
'I'm picking up loads,
'but, let's be honest, I'm not wearing all these pads for nothing.
'American football is full contact.
'If I'm going to play, I need to learn how to be tackled.'
You want have a little look at Gaby
-and see how it is done?
-OK. Are you sure?
-You will be fine.
-Let's do this.
I am so scared.
-This is it, first contact. Let's do it.
-Ready, set, go.
'Oh, my days, but, hey, I am still standing.'
Oh, my goodness.
It is like the most aggressive hug ever
and it is really loud on your helmet.
You know what,
I've had three tackles, I think I'm ready to play.
'Now I need to put all my new skills into practice.
'I've been set a classic American football challenge.
'I will have three attempts to receive
'the ball at the back of the field
'and keeping hold of it, beat the defense down the right
'then run the length of the field and score a touchdown.'
'Oh, maybe not that easy. I dropped it.
'I totally took my eyes off the ball. Take two.
'Catch the ball, beat the defender...
'Oh! Where did she come from?
'What a tackle.'
-Are you all right?
-Yeah, I'm fine.
'I catch it, beat one,
'spot an opening, she's out the way,
'I'm going for it now.
'I'm still going. Touchdown!
'I'll be honest, I think they were going little bit easy on me,
'but I've had a great day.
'American football, give it a go.'
-Did you see that slow-mo tackle, Radz?
I can still feel that now.
What a sport that is, as is athletics, because let me
draw your attention to the track behind me here.
This is the warm-up track which is vital because it's where all the
Para athletes get themselves ready to compete in that stadium there.
This feels like proper Blue Peter access all areas, doesn't it?
Because these are some of the best sports people
in the world, it is so inspiring.
And speaking of inspiring, we've been trying to get you to
earn your Blue Peter Sport Badge 2017.
And remember, if you earnt one 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
you can still apply for one this year.
So why not complete the set with this little guy?
Also, remember, you've only got one month in which to achieve it,
but like with all the Sport Badges, you get the chance to become
a judge on Young Sports Personality Of The Year 2017.
-Radz, can I apply?
I want to rub shoulders with some awesome athletes, which is
-what you can do.
-You already are, Linds.
-That is true.
Now onto some of your incredible post, check this out.
Look at this picture of me looking into a jellyfish tank,
sent in by Darcie from Somerset.
I can hardly work out if that is a photo or a drawing of me.
Great work, Darcie.
Now this picture of Barney is him
getting absolutely drenched in his bike challenge
sent in by Sophie from Durham.
Sophie, that is a high five from me.
I love rock climbing and, Eva, we are kindred spirits,
this is of you climbing in the Lake District with your dad.
What fitness, what fun and that gets you a BP badge. Well done, Eva.
Izzy from Harrow, this must have taken you ages.
What a model of Shelley that is.
The attention, the detail, the time, it is awesome.
But, by the way, it's not the Shelley from Spot Shelley.
That is a little hint.
Who remembers when we had medieval knights on the show a few
Ruby from Gloucester, you certainly do
and you've recreated it perfectly.
Your artwork is not only accurate, it moves forward,
it moves backwards and I love it.
A big well done to Darcie, Sophie, Eva, Izzy and Ruby.
You have all earned yourself badges to add to your big badge boat.
I am constantly amazed at how creative you guys are.
But please do keep sending in your post
because you never know what might get used in our summer shows.
Also, we love receiving it.
It is so cool, just like being right here
at the World Para Athletics Championships.
The place where Ellie, our competition winner,
got a masterclass by none other than Jonnie Peacock.
And he is not the only legend here, there are so many.
We are surrounded by them - Kadeena Cox, Hannah Cockcroft.
Richard Whitehead. Don't forget about him.
Also, one name we haven't mentioned is Barney Harwood.
He hasn't been here this week.
-Sad face. But he'll be back next week.
-He's doing a happy dance.
Careful there, Radzi, we are on a ledge.
If you need a bit of Barney Harwood in your life,
look no further than this wonderful VT. Stop it.
Chances are, you have probably seen one of these before. It's a scooter.
Loads of fun, aren't they?
You can ride to your friend's house, you can ride around town
and when you get really confident on them, you can go quite fast.
Then there are other people who take it one step further.
Well, quite a lot further.
Freestyle scooter is taking life on two wheels to the next level.
Using speed and skill to perform some frankly unbelievable stunts.
And right now, the guy who has performed the world's best trick
just happens to live in Liverpool.
I've come to see if I can track him down in his natural environment...
the skate park.
Jamie Hall can do things on a scooter most of us
can only dream of.
By the age of 15, he is already one of the best in the UK.
So will he be able to pass on some of those skills to me?
Jamie, let's talk about how you got to where you are now.
I've been riding for about five or six years now.
I just won the World's Best Trick in Barcelona.
Such a big achievement.
I did a double backflip, double tailwhip. Landed it second go.
Double tailwhip, what is that?
So I did two backflips with that in it.
I have immediately noticed the massive difference
between your scooter and mine.
These scooters are really good going to school and just going outside,
but for freestyle in the skate park, these are really, really strong.
They are made out of steel.
I really want to give this a go,
but I feel like I need more safety gear on.
Yeah, what I wear is a helmet, a certified helmet,
some bum pads, shin pads so the scooter doesn't hit me
in the shins, and I have ankle pads as well so it doesn't do the same.
How about if we just cover me in pillows and just tape them round?
That would be great.
OK, so safety gear in place. Do you reckon I can do something today?
-You can. I am feeling confident.
-I'm glad you are.
Let's do it.
'So with all the correct gear on, Jamie is going to show me how to get
'the most out of my scooter
'and we begin with how to set off on a ramp or "dropping in".
'Which I'm told is harder than it looks.'
Make sure your feet are either side so is locked and your most
comfortable foot, put it on the deck and whilst it's on,
you can put the other one to the side
and just drop in like this slowly.
-Then put it back on.
-Simple as that.
'I can confirm it is harder than it looks.
'But, slowly, I get the hang of it
'so Jamie thinks I could try a bigger ramp.
'What could possibly go wrong?'
'So that's why you need the safety gear.
'I'm fine and Jamie shows me where I'm going wrong.'
Just make sure your knees act like a suspension when you drop in
and that they go down and then when you're, like, in the middle,
stand up again so you've got your balance.
OK. So knees are suspension, keep lower down.
When do we start doing backflips?
'Yeah, maybe not.'
I'm going to see how high you can jump out of this ramp.
-All right. Do you want to show me and I'll copy?
That was it. Just try and keep your feet on.
That was better. I want you to try and jump off the side there.
-I will show you first.
-Just like that.
So when you did it,
you went too fast and you were quite uncontrolled.
I was. I was definitely uncontrolled.
If you start here, you go slow and you're more controlled,
just make sure you jump when you get to the line.
That was it!
'Yes, that is me jumping off ramp and loving it.
'But if I'm going to take on any really big jumps,
'I need to get used to the foam pit.'
-That is a long way down.
-Yes, it is quite far.
-What is it like to jump in to?
-It is really fun.
'This pit allows riders to safely practice more advanced tricks
'so Jamie wants me
'to get used to feeling the full force of the foam on my face.'
Here we go.
How was that Jamie?
It was really good, just a bit more practice
and then you'll be able to get it better.
-Maybe now is a good time for you to show us what you can do.
I'm going to stay here for a sec.
'What I didn't mention before is
'that Jamie isn't just here to help me.
'Oh, no. He is here to train.
'Because tomorrow, right here, it's the European Championships
'and he is competing. No biggie, then.'
Mate, I really don't know what to say,
you're more than ready, aren't you?
Yeah, I've been practising my run and I've got it dialled.
I hope tomorrow goes really well for you.
-I'm going to come and cheer you on if that's OK?
-Yeah, that's fine.
It's the next morning, it's competition day as you can see,
athletes have turned up from all over the world
and they're excited to be here, aren't they?
And what they are about to do is awesome and it all happens in here.
There are two competitions today - the amateurs and the pros.
Jamie hasn't arrived yet, he's a pro, but the amateur competitors
are warming up and getting ready to show us what they are made of.
OK, so here we go, the judges are in position, the competition
is about two minutes away from starting,
the spectators are here,
they can't wait to see what's going on and neither can I.
It is one of most exciting things I've been to for a long, long time.
I'm going to shut up, we're going to watch the action. Here we go.
So, the guys that we are watching at the moment are doing tailwhips,
backflips, they're upside down half the time.
These are the amateurs.
What is it going to be like that this afternoon
when Jamie shows us what he can do? I cannot wait.
It really is mind-blowing what these guys can do with a scooter
and it just gets better and better.
Then the pros arrive and Jamie sets foot on top of the ramp to
begin his first run and he starts with this...
And that's how you start a pro competition. Absolutely flawless.
Every single move executed with perfection.
With Jamie's second run, he goes even bigger and who can blame him?
Finish in the top five and he earns a place at the World Championships.
So, as the judges make up their mind, you can
really feel the tension.
Brilliantly, he finishes fifth,
so he is going to the World Championships.
A great finish to a great day.
I have been nothing short of inspired
and I been working on my latest trick. Do you want to see it?
Here we go.
See. There you go.
It's amazing what a bit of inspiration will do, isn't it?
-Was that good, Barney?
-Get down, Jamie.
OK, fine, Jamie did the jump. But I was inspired. Thanks for that.
Jamie, what a man.
I thought Barney gave it everything as well. Not bad.
That is nearly it for today's show.
If you were watching, did you manage to spot Shelley?
-She was, of course, hiding...
-In the stadium.
That's where she was.
If you spotted Shelley, head to the website...
to see who the winner was.
That's all we've got time for this week, but make sure
you are watching next week because it's all about the silver badge.
We've got robots, we've got trains,
-we've got swimming with sharks.
But, for now, it is of course all about this little thing.
If you want to earn your very own Sport Badge, head to the Blue Peter
website, download the form and you could earn your very own...
Blue Peter Sport Badge 2017.
-So it is goodbye from me.
-Goodbye from me.
-And goodbye from Whizbee.
-Look at him waving.
-I love that mascot.
Blue Peter gets stuck in with all the World Para Athletics action in London. Join competition winner Elinor, as she heads behind the scenes at the Championships and find out how you can get your hands on the brand new 2017 sport badge.