Bonnie the Seal unveiled as swimming championship mascot

The official mascot for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships has been unveiled.

Bonnie the Seal made an appearance on Wednesday at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, where the event will be staged later this year.

It follows on from her time as the mascot at last year’s European Championships in the city.

Bonnie the seal at Tollcross International Swimming Centre
Bonnie the seal is unveiled at Tollcross International Swimming Centre (SNS/PA)

Official ambassador Hannah Miley said: “I’m so excited that Bonnie is joining me for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships for 2019, competing in front of a home crowd is such a special experience so I’m glad Bonnie is back in Glasgow.

“I’m really excited that Scotland has the opportunity to host another major international sporting event and I think as a nation we’ve shown over the last few years that we can put on a great show and I can’t wait for December.”

Short course swimming is a fast-paced competed in a 25-metre pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns.

The championship takes place between December 4 and 8, with swimmers competing in 40 short course events.

Held every two years, 2019 will mark the the event’s 20th edition.

Bonnie the Seal at 2018 European Championships
Bonnie with the crowd during the 2018 European Championships (Jane Barlow/PA)

Billy Garrett, director of sport and events at Glasgow Life, said: “We are delighted to announce Bonnie the Seal as Official Mascot for the 20th edition of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships today.

“Bonnie was such a brilliant mascot for the city in 2018 and we’re sure she’ll do another great job this year as some of the top European athletes from around the world compete at Tollcross in December.

“With Hannah Miley as official ambassador, Bonnie as our mascot and five days of first-class races, the countdown is now on for a truly unmissable event.”

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