Donny going for Olympic gold

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Eat your heart out Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah - there’s a new Olympic top dog in town!

Doncaster Rovers mascot Donny Dog is preparing to do battle with a host of other furry friends from the mascot world by taking part in the annual Mascot Olympics later this month.

And the clever canine will be going for gold at the wacky weekend in which more than 20 mascots from across the country will go head to head in a bid for glory.

Donny said: “It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m going to do my very best to bring back the crown for Doncaster Rovers. I am really looking forward to it and I’ve been practising really hard at all the events I’ll be taking part in.”

Donny will be heading to the event in Milton Keynes on June 22, the seventh time the games have been staged.

All mascots taking part will be tested on their throwing skills, co-ordination, strength, balance, stamina and speed while multi-tasking - all the while dressed in their mascot outfits.

Among the events the Rovers mascot will be aiming to triumph in will be welly wanging, goal saving and an egg and spoon race.

Donny will also have to try his paws at a bungee run - running as far as possible on an inflatable course while attached to a bungee rope, balancing on a snowboard and an obstacle race against the clock.

There will also be a mascot parade and an official opening ceremony, with cash raised by the day of fun events going towards charities in the Milton Keynes area.

Organisers hope to round off the day with a closing ceremony - a tug of war contest involving all those taking part.

And Donny’s supporters will be able to join in the fun and games too.

There will be a street market, stalls, street entertainment, funfair and activity workshops for children to enjoy as well as live music and face painting.

Youngsters will also be given the chance to score goals against the mascots and have a go on the bungee run.

Earlier this year, Donny took part in a race against favourites from other football clubs across the country at Doncaster Racecourse.