Adventurous Bonnie continues mission to meet hundreds of young people

Bonnie on the podium in Berlin
Bonnie gets a taste of track cycling in Berlin

With less than 300 days to go until the inaugural European Championships, the Glasgow 2018 official mascot Bonnie the seal has been celebrating sport and young people at a range of events at home and abroad.

Here are five of Bonnie’s favourite places she has been to this month:

Track Cycling European Championships, Berlin

In her first trip to Europe, Bonnie travelled to European Championships co-host city Berlin for the enthralling 2017 UEC Track Cycling European Championships.

Sampling a taste of the excitement which will come to Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in August next year, Bonnie watched on as some of Europe’s best battled it out in the Velodrom in Prenzlauer Berg.

Bonnie cheered Scot Katie Archibald on to two gold medals and found herself jumping up and down when she got to meet the star herself.

The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry

Bonnie at the Enchanted Forest
Dazzled by the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry

The official Glasgow 2018 mascot was dazzled when she visited the stunning Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry.

Taking in the Oir an Uisge show, Gaelic for Edge of the Water, Bonnie enjoyed the spectacular Perthshire sight and met lots of visitors who had also made the journey to see the unique light show.

Princes and Princess of Wales Hospice

Bonnie the seal meets Harvey the heart
Harvey, the hospice heart mascot meets Bonnie at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. Courtesy of Elaine Livingstone.

Taking time out to visit patients at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in the city, Bonnie made a new friend in Harvey, the hospice heart mascot.

Bonnie’s visit had outpatient Leona Davidson smiling. Leona was in the hospice in the city centre to receive complementary therapy treatments.

Fiona Wylie, senior nurse for strategy implementation at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “It was fantastic to see Bonnie, she was a big hit with Leona and all of our patients in day services. I think our mascot Harvey has made a new friend too!”

Primary Cross Country competition, Coatbridge

Bonnie at Primary Cross Country competition, Coatbridge
Bonnie helps runners warm up at the Primary Cross Country competition in Coatbridge

Never one to miss out on outdoor fun and activities, the energetic seal pup headed down to Coatbridge Outdoor Sports Centre for North Lanarkshire’s Primary Cross Country running competition.

Bonnie welcomed hundreds of school children to the event, helped the competitors prepare for the race with a fun warm up and waved off the runners as the starter’s whistle blew.

Paisley Halloween Festival

Bonnie joins the popular Paisley Halloween Festival parade
Bonnie joins the popular Paisley Halloween Festival parade

To round off an action-packed month, Bonnie joined thousands of people in Paisley for the city’s hugely popular annual Halloween Festival.

Bonnie was at the heart of the Festival’s frights, lights and fun as she took to the Halloween Parade with a local Girl Guides group. The ‘spooktacular’ event, which is part of Renfrewshire’s Winter Events programme, is part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

You can find out where to meet Bonnie, or how to invite her to your sporting event or club, HERE.

To keep up to date with her adventures, like her on Facebook at Glasgow 2018 Mascot, follow her on Instagram at Glasgow 2018 Mascot and follow her on Twitter @Gla2018Mascot.

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