Mas­cot for Eu­ros is from Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW era in world sport begins next sum­mer when Glas­gow and Ber­lin host the in­au­gu­ral Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships – an ex­cit­ing new multi-sport event.

And the face of this bril­liant sport­ing ex­trav­a­ganza comes from Ar­gyll in the shape of Bon­nie the seal.

Glas­gow 2018 brings to­gether some of the con­ti­nent’s lead­ing sports in­clud­ing the ex­ist­ing Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for ath­let­ics, aquat­ics, cy­cling, gym­nas­tics, row­ing and triathlon with a new golf team com­pe­ti­tion.

To be staged ev­ery four years start­ing in Au­gust 2018, the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships will be a new high­light on the global sport­ing cal­en­dar, el­e­vat­ing the sta­tus of Euro­pean cham­pi­ons dur­ing an 11- day cel­e­bra­tion of world- class sport and a packed 10- day broad­cast sched­ule.

Fronting the pub­lic­ity cam­paign is Bon­nie, 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.

Launched this week, the char­ac­ter said: ‘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!’

Glas­gow and Scot­land will host aquat­ics, cy­cling, golf, gym­nas­tics, row­ing and the triathlon, while Ber­lin will be the venue for ath­let­ics.

The cham­pi­onships will take Scot­land’s sport­ing rep­u­ta­tion to a new level. With a po­ten­tial tele­vi­sion au­di­ence of up to 1.03 bil­lion set to watch the ac­tion, Glas­gow will again be in the spotlight with the event be­ing cov­ered by free-to-air broad­cast­ers, in­clud­ing the BBC.

This new cel­e­bra­tion of Euro­pean sport will be staged from Au­gust 2-12, 2018, and will see ap­prox­i­mately 4,500 ath­letes com­pete.

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