Bonnie the seal bounds around Scotland as mascot duties begin
In her first month as the Glasgow 2018 European Championships official mascot, Bonnie the seal has made appearances at events across Scotland and beyond.
True to her adventurous nature, Bonnie has been meeting hundreds of young people and sports fans, trying new things and spreading the word about the first ever multi-sport Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Bonnie will be travelling around the country between now and the Championships, which will get underway on 2 August 2018. You can find out where to meet Bonnie, or how to invite her to your event, HERE.
Here are five of her favourite adventures since arriving in Glasgow:
Meeting Clyde at the Queen’s Baton Relay
To mark the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay tour around Glasgow and Scotland, ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, Bonnie had the chance to meet the Team Scotland mascot, Clyde.
Bonnie and Clyde greeted crowds at a volunteer and Batonbearer reunion in George Square. The new friends got on famously, bringing the next Commonwealth Games and the first ever European Championships one step closer.
Cheering on competitors at the Great Scottish Swim
With Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park set to be the perfect back drop for the Glasgow 2018 Open Water Swimming event, Bonnie the seal took a trip to the “bonnie banks” to cheer on competitors at the Great Scottish Swim.
More than 2,500 participants, along with world-class elite swimmers, took on the challenge in West Dunbartonshire and Bonnie was on hand to help with the warm-up and to wave swimmers off. Spectators will be able to enjoy the action on Loch Lomond’s natural stage at Glasgow 2018 for free between 8 and 12 August.
Jigging at the World Pipe Band Championships
Mascot Bonnie had the pleasure of attending the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. 219 Pipe Bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete for the coveted title, and Bonnie was all too happy to jig along.
Just as Glasgow 2018 is expected to attract competitors and visitors from across Europe next summer, the World Pipe Band Championships welcomed bands from 15 nations including France, Belgium, Austria and Denmark.
Waving off the Special Olympics Scotland West Squad
Bonnie joined the Special Olympics Scotland West Squad for a memorable send-off as they departed Scotstoun Sports Campus to appear at the 10th National Games in Sheffield.
Around 1,000 people – comprising 300 athletes and coaches and 700 supporters – were piped onto buses as Bonnie and Councillor Eva Bolander the Lord Provost of Glasgow wished them good luck.
Touring the city of Glasgow
Bonnie has been taking in the sights of the city set to host the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. She stirred up excitement as she discovered George Square – the bustling location which will be at the heart of Festival 2018 – before hopping onto an open top sightseeing bus.
The mascot soaked up the city’s heritage and culture at the Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and surprised shoppers when she hit the city’s infamous Style Mile to do a spot of shopping at Buchanan Galleries. You can watch the video HERE.