Glasgow 2018 mascot Bonnie gets active with busy month of sport

Bonnie and Great Scottish Runners
Bonnie gets some tips from athletes Andy Butchart, Callum Hawkins and Jo Pavey at the Great Scottish Run launch

This week marks Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week, celebrating sports participation among women and girls – and the Glasgow 2018 European Championships official mascot, Bonnie the seal, has been getting active all month long.

Bonnie participated in physical activity at events across Scotland throughout September, meeting hundreds of women and girls who love sport.

The young female harbour seal is known for her playful personality and willingness to give any new activity a go, showing young people that they can get active too.

With more women and girls taking part in sport, Bonnie loves to meet anyone who can show her their favourite activity. You can find out where to meet Bonnie, or how to invite her to your sporting event or club, HERE.

Here are five of Bonnie’s favourite activities this month:

Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

As Scotland’s biggest weekend of running got underway, Bonnie threw herself into the Great Scottish Run action in Glasgow.

The seal pup got to meet inspirational female runner Jo Pavey, along with Scottish athletes Andy Butchart and Callum Hawkins, who all took part in the Great Scottish Run half marathon on Sunday, 1 October.

As the stars got the weekend of fun and competition underway, they gave Bonnie some top tips for her mascot race. Bonnie completed her 70m race in just 12 seconds, coming a close second to the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity mascot Kami the bear.

Basketball with the Glasgow Rocks

Bonnie at the Glasgow Rocks
Bonnie supported the Rocks alongside Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Health and Sport

Bonnie the seal got to see her first basketball game when she attended the Glasgow Rocks’ season opener against the Sheffield Sharks. Bonnie – along with Glasgow Rocks mascot Rocky the ape – helped to welcome a roaring crowd into the Emirates Arena.

To kick start Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week, Bonnie and Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Health and Sport, also supported players from the Lady Rocks and Rocks Juniors teams.

Penalty shootout with Kingsley

Bonnie and Kingsley
Bonnie and Kingsley take on the keeper at Firhill Stadium

Our mascot showed the crowds at Firhill Stadium what girls can do on the football pitch when she took on Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley in a penalty shootout.

As the referee blew the half-time whistle at the Partick vs Rangers game on Friday, 15 September, the memorable duo took to the pitch. The final score ended 2-1 to the football mascot, with Bonnie challenging Kingsley to have a go at one of the six Glasgow 2018 sports next.

Getting active at schools

Bonnie at Oatbank Primary
Bonnie gets active with Oakbank Primary School pupils

Since Bonnie first swam up the Clyde to Glasgow, schools across Scotland have been inviting her to meet pupils and take part in sport.

September was no different, as Bonnie met hundreds of active girls at primary schools and local sports clubs – from joining in a Physical Education class at Oakbank Primary School in Perth, to spending National Fitness Day at Drop Everything and Move (DREAM) Ayrshire in Irvine, Bonnie has been skipping, jumping and jogging all month long.

Cumbernauld 10K

Bonnie at the Cumbernauld 10K
Bonnie takes to the Cumbernauld 10K podium

Bonnie pulled on her trainers once again as she celebrated the Cumbernauld 10K in North Lanarkshire. She helped cheer on 400 children and young people taking part in the toddler dash, 400m dash and 1K at Broadwood Stadium, as well as 1100 athletes running the 10K distance.

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