Fife-based Havelock Europa have voted to pool their efforts to support some of the County’s up and coming swimming talent through Scottish Swimming’s ‘Back a Rising Star’ initiative.
Chelsea Lawson, from Carnegie ASC, is one of three local swimmers chosen to benefit from a range of fundraising efforts, which will take place in the run up to the Games. To get the young swimmers off to the best possible start, the company is also making a donation of £5,000 to help with expenses related to their Games preparation.
Chief Executive of Havelock, Eric Prescott, said: “We are always keen to get involved with the local community from which a large proportion of our workforce is drawn. The opportunity to support three of Fife’s ‘Rising Stars’ in their ambition to represent their country at Glasgow 2014 was just too good to miss.”
Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, also commented: “I am delighted that Havelock Europa is backing a group of rising stars in Scottish Swimming. With their head office based in Fife it is fantastic to see the company supporting local swimmers. Scottish Swimming would like to thank everyone at Havelock Europa for this support and we look forward to following the progress of the swimmers together.”
Preparations for the Commonwealth Games next year are already underway for the Fife-based swimmer, who said: “My swim coach has arranged for a small group of performance swimmers who will be competing in the Commonwealth Games trials to attend an intensive week’s training camp abroad next February. The cost of this is £940 per swimmer and we will be carrying out lots of fundraising to hopefully bring the cost down to about £700. The money from Havelock will help pay for me to attend this camp, which will really prepare me physically, allowing me to be in the best possible form for the qualifying meet.”
Chelsea also wanted to thank Havelock: “Support from a local company like Havelock will help me greatly in my efforts to represent my country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and I can’t thank them enough.”