The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Visit from games mas­cot given seal of ap­proval

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The High­lands have been given the seal of ap­proval af­ter the Glas­gow 2018 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships of­fi­cial mas­cot vis­ited the North’s’ most iconic spots.

Bon­nie the seal is trav­el­ling around Scot­land to cel­e­brate young peo­ple and sport, and get sports fans geared up for the 11 day sport­ing event be­ing held for the first time in Glas­gow this sum­mer.

Pupils from St Joseph’s, Bishop Eden and Dal­neigh pri­mary schools in In­ver­ness met with the mas­cot be­fore vis­it­ing the High­land Swim Team at In­ver­ness Leisure Cen­tre and gym­nasts at In­ver­ness Gym­nas­tics Club.

G l a s g o w 2 0 1 8 Cham­pi­onships Di­rec­tor, Colin Hart­ley, said: “Our mas­cot Bon­nie re­ceived a warm wel­come on her trip to the High­lands and is a much-loved face across Scot­land. Her play­ful char­ac­ter em­bod­ies the spirit of the Cham­pi­onships and is ide­ally suited to en­cour­age chil­dren to try new ac­tiv­i­ties and sports.

“With one mil­lion res­i­dents, vis­i­tors, spec­ta­tors, athletes and me­dia set to be part of the sport­ing and cultural ex­pe­ri­ence at Glas­gow

“Cel­e­brate young peo­ple and sport, and get sports fans geared up”

2018, there is some­thing for ev­ery­body to en­joy and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors from around Scot­land.”

This event will be the big­gest the city has hosted since the Glas­gow 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games.

The cham­pi­onships – be­ing held be­tween Au­gust 2 and 12 - will bring to­gether a range of sports in­clud­ing, Aquatics, Cy­cling, Golf, Gym­nas­tics, Row­ing and Triathlon.

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