Meet Bonnie

The official Glasgow 2018 Mascot

Bonnie is a young, female harbour seal. She is gregarious, has bags of energy, confidence and is very agile. She is adventurous which coupled with her natural curiosity allows her to give just about anything a go!

HEY, I’M BONNIE!

“Hey, my name is Bonnie and I love meeting new people and trying new things. I’m really adventurous and I discovered a lot about some amazing sports when I swam all the way from Argyll, up the Clyde to the exciting city of Glasgow. I hope lots of new friends will join me in Glasgow and be part of the moment. I’ll see you all soon!”

A BONNIE TALE – An Animated Video (Story by Ross MacKenzie)

< a seal waving to camera from the River Clyde with a backdrop of the SSE Hydro, Armadillo, Finneston Crane,  Transport Museum and BBC Building.

Music plays in the background and scene moves to a book with the title A Bonnie Tale by Ross MacKenzie on the front cover.  The book opens to a double page showing a night landscape of hills and trees with stars in the sky>

Voice over: A seal pup from Argyll left home early one day

 

<scene changes to a day scene showing hills and trees with a river in front.  A young seal (Bonnie) emerges from the water, bobs in and out of the water and waves>

Voice over: Told her mother and father ‘I’m going away!

To explore what’s beyond our quiet little isle

Wish me luck! Don’t wait up! I may be a while.’

<seal starts to swim in the water>

Voice over: Off she set, sleek and swift, through the silvery blue

 

<scene changes to an ariel view of a coast outline showing a starfish making its ways along the coast>

Voice over: And every so often she’d gasp at the view

The tall jagged mountains, the vast cloudless sky

And then something else up ahead caught her eye

<scene showing Bonnie the seal’s head out of water, on the land in the background there is a female gymnast on the uneven bars.  Bonnie claps and watches the female gymnast and bobs in and out of the water>

Up on the land a quite curious sight

Made the seal clap her flippers and bark in delight

A girl who could soar through the air with such grace

Then land without one single hair out of place

‘What’s that?’

‘It’s gymnastics! The idea’s to test,

 

Just how good you can be and leave judges impressed.’

‘Gymnastics, I love it!’ the seal told the girl

‘Would you mind if I joined you and gave it a whirl?

‘A whirl?’ said the gymnast. ‘Oh, don’t be a chump!’

‘Seals belong in the sea, how on earth will you jump?’

 

<Bonnie the seal looks unhappy>

Voiceover; The seal, feeling glum, said ‘I’d still like to try.’

‘My bars!’ cried the gymnast, ‘might help you to fly!’

 

<Scene moves to close up of Bonnie the Seal trying the uneven bars.  Head bobs up and down on screen>

Voice over: So up climbed the seal on the bars and soon slipped,

‘It’s my flippers!’ she wailed, ‘they don’t have any grip!’

She spun out of control with a squeal of dismay,

Flipped through the air and splashed down in the bay.

 

<a splash and scene show Bonnie the seal back in the water swimming>

Voice over; ‘Gymnastics is tough!’ Said the seal from Argyll

‘I think I’ll go back and explore for a while.’

 

<scene changes to female gymnast talking>

Voice over: Said the gymnast, ‘don’t worry, you’ll find what you seek,

There’s a talent inside you that makes you unique.’

 

<scene changes to show Bonnie the seal swimming underwater>

Voice over: On she swam, sleek and swift, through the silvery blue

And every so often she’d gasp at the view

<scene changes to Bonnie the Seal on the surface of the water, heading bobbing in and out and looking at the landscape behind of hills and trees>

Voice over: The rolling green hills, trees that reached for the sky

And then something else up ahead caught her eye

 

<scene showing Bonnie the seal’s head out of water, on the land in the background there is a female golfer taking shots to a hole.  Bonnie claps and watches the female golfer and bobs in and out of the water>

Voice over: Up on the land a quite curious sight

Made the seal twitch her whiskers and splash in delight

A lady who carried some sticks in a bag

And used them to hit little balls at a flag

‘What are you doing?’

‘Playing golf! It’s my goal,

to get all these little white balls in the hole!’

‘Golf!’ said the seal, ‘looks a wonderful thing!’

At the risk of being forward, can I have a swing?’

 

<scene changes to Bonnie the seal looking unhappy>

Voice over: ‘A swing?’ Said the golfer. ‘A Swing? Don’t be daft!

Golf takes great skill! It’s an art! It’s a craft!’

The seal was so sad there were tears in her eyes

‘Take a club,’ said the golfer, ‘don’t sob, have a try!’

 

<scene moves to Bonnie the seal with a golf club in her mouth, swinging her head back and forward trying to take a shot>

Voice over: Up climbed the seal, to the tee on the third

Took the club in her teeth and became quite perturbed

She started to swing, a great series of whooshes,

And every last golf ball got stuck in the bushes.

‘Golf isn’t my bag!’ said the seal from Argyll

‘I think I’ll go back and explore for a while.’

 

<scene changes to the female golfer talking to screen>

Voice over: ‘Au revoir!’ cried the golfer, ‘And please don’t forget,

That you do have a talent, but don’t know it yet!’

 

<scene changes to show Bonnie the seal swimming underwater>

Voiceover: On she swam, sleek and swift, through the silvery blue

And every so often she’d gasp at the view

 

<scene changes to Bonnie the Seal on the surface of the water, heading bobbing in and out and looking at the landscape behind of hills and trees and castles>

Voiceover: The pretty old buildings, a castle so high!

And then something else up ahead caught her eye

 

<scene showing Bonnie the seal’s head out of water, laughing in delight, in the water there is a male swimmer trying to swim in the open water.  Bonnie claps and watches the male swimmer and bobs in and out of the water>

Voiceover: This time in the water, a curious sight

Made the seal throw her head back and laugh in delight

A man in the loch who was splashing about

‘Is he mad?’ said the seal, ‘Does he think he’s a trout?’

‘I’m not crazy!’ the man said, ‘I’m swimming, you see?’

I’ve been practising lots but my pace has to be

So much quicker than this for a chance of first place.

If I can’t up my speed then I won’t win the race.’

<Bonnie the seal talks to camera>

Voiceover: ‘I can help you!’ the seal said.

‘How so?’ asked the man.

<Bonnie turns to look at the male swimmer and helps him.  Swimmer tries to swim in the water without much success>

Voiceover ‘Well if you want to swim just as fast as you can,

Who better to teach you? Let’s see your technique

Come on! Don’t be shy! I’ll watch and critique.’

So off set the man and the seal closely followed

‘I see what’s wrong! It appears that you swallowed

Half of the loch as you swam but don’t worry,

That’s something that’s easy to fix in a hurry.

It’s not rocket science,’ she said with a shout.

‘Shut your mouth when you’re swimming and keep the loch

out!’

 

<scene shows male swimmer swimming well in the water>

The swimmer agreed and took off like a fish.

 

<male swimmer talks to camera with Bonnie in the water in the background>

‘It’s working! Oh thank you for helping! I wish,

That you’d come cheer me on when it’s time for my race

It happens next summer and Glasgow’s the place.’

‘I’ll be there!’ the seal said.

‘Bravo!’ said the swimmer,

‘With you in the crowd there may just be a glimmer,

Of hope that I’ll win, I can’t thank you enough.

As a teacher of swimming you sure know your stuff.’

 

<scene changes to Bonnie swimming up the Clyde passing the Transport Museum and the Tall Ship, the C Building, The Armadillo and the Hydro.  In front there are flags with the 6 different sports and athletes doing the different sports>

Voice over: On swam the seal, sleek and swift, down the Clyde

While bubbling excitement filled up her insides

Past great looming buildings where people built ships

And at last saw a sign for the Championships.

News of her journey soon spread far and wide.

And people would wave as she passed down the Clyde

 

<Bonnie passes cheering crowds>

Voiceover; Up on the banks the folk smiled and they cheered

‘Welcome to Glasgow! We’re glad that you’re here!’

‘You’ve made it in time for the Champs to begin!

 

<Bonnie stops in front of the SSE Hydro which is in the colours of the European Championships with flags and banners with the Championships logos.  Bonnie faces the camera>

Voice over: We’re starting them soon but before we go in,

We’ve a question to ask it would mean such a lot

Would you do us the honour of being our mascot?’

 

<Bonnie bobs in and out of the water and has a European Championships 2018 tshirt on>

Voiceover: ‘A mascot!’ the seal said, ‘that sounds like a blast!

Count me in! Sign me up! I’ll be one of your cast!’

There were cheers, there were songs, and a chant loud

We’re the city of Glasgow! The moment is here!’

Bonnie's Adventures

Bonnie loves getting out and about to make lots of new friends. Would you like to meet Bonnie? Check out her upcoming appearances below. Make sure to ask her for a sealfie if you see her!

Meet Bonnie

Bonnie is really excited to get out and about across Scotland and meet new people. If you would like Bonnie to come along to your upcoming event, get in touch with our Mascot Team by clicking the link you can see below to check availability. Please provide us with as much information on the event as possible.

Bonnie