Meet one of our match day mascots Connah Campbell.
- Latics supporting World Down's Syndrome Day.
- Please welcome our mascot Connah Campbell.
- 10th anniversary of World Down's Syndrome Day.
Saturday 21 March 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of World Down's Syndrome Day and also forms part of Down's Syndrome Awareness wee in the UK.
Wigan Athletic are fully supporting World Down's Syndrome Day and are delighted to welcome 22-year-old Connah Campbell (pictured below) as a match day mascot for the game, who will be walking out onto the pitch with Ali Al Habsi.
Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson commented on his support towards the day, saying:
"I am pleased that Wigan Athletic can help to raise awareness of the condition and we add our support to the events that are happening all over the world.
"It is something that is close to my heart and increasing the understanding of Down's syndrome will help all those with the condition and, just as importantly, their families. I understand that Connah is one of our biggest supporters and I am looking forward to meeting him on his big day."
What is Down's Syndrome?
Down's syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21 in the body's cells and occurs by chance at conception - hence 21st of the third month.
It occurs in all races, social classes and all countries throughout the world.
People with Down's syndrome face many challenges as children and adults which may prevent them enjoying their basic human rights. Many people often fail to understand that people with Down's syndrome are people first, who may require additional support, but should be recognised by society on an equal basis with others, without discrimination on the basis of disability.
(Information from www.downs-syndrome.org.uk)