Havelock Europa support Chelsea on the road to Glasgow 2014

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.”

Cash Donation Helps Rachael Become A Bigger Fish

Meridian Salmon Group is to help a young Dunfermline sports star achieve her dream of becoming a big fish in the swimming world.

The company, which is building a state-of-the-art processing plant in Rosyth, has donated £200 to help with 15-year-old Rachael O’Donnell’s training costs.

The Inverkeithing High pupil, a Scottish Age Group champion and a multiple record holder, said: “I can’t express enough my gratitude for Meridian Salmon’s sponsorship.

“Each year year my family and I spend about £8000 on training and competition costs. Swimsuits cost approximately £350 each and then we have travel and accommodation costs.

“There’s no way I could concentrate on improving my abilities without some sort of financial assistance. I really appreciate the fact that such a large company took an interest in me, and am proud to be wearing their logo.”

The Dunfermline teen has been in scores of competitions and has set a number Scottish National Age group records from the age of 11. Two years ago she qualified to join Scottish Swimming’s Youth Gold Squad.

She won her first Senior Cap age 14, competing for Scotland at a Celtic Tri Nations Meet in 2011. As a member of Carnegie Swimming Club (Dunfermline) she competed in the Olympic trials in London in March 2012, whilst a bit disappointed with some of her swims, Rachael described this as a fantastic experience.

In April she travelled to another Olympic qualifying meet in Eindhoven, again as part of Scottish Squad.

Earlier this month, Rachael set a new Scottish record for 15 Year Old Girls in 100m breaststroke in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh

Mark Warrington, Managing Director at Meridian Salmon, said: “Rachel shows real promise in the pool, and we at Meridian Salmon know a thing or two about the need for quality in the water,

“Meridian Salmon has always been dedicated to supporting the communities in which we’re located. We’re proud to be helping this worth community cause and we hope to see Rachael swimming in the Olympics some day.”

The company were made aware of Rachael through the Scottish Swimming’s ‘Back a Rising Star’ programme which enables individuals, community groups and companies to donate funds to support Scottish national programme athletes.  For more information go to backarisingstar.com

Meridian Salmon Group is one of the top five salmon farming companies in Scotland, employing 350 people. It operates at 59 sea sites and eight freshwater sites across Scotland and Cumbria.


Its investment and planned expansion in production is particularly crucial in Shetland and Orkney, where hundreds of jobs and fragile rural, island economies are dependent on the salmon farming industry, which is now Scotland’s biggest food exporter and worth £220 million per year.


Welcome to the new Back a Rising Star webpage

Scottish Swimming’s Back a Rising Star programme enables individuals, community groups and companies from the Scottish community to donate funds – anything from £100 to £10,000 a year – to support Scottish national programme athletes.

We would love you to take some time having a look around the site, scroll over the individual athlete’s profiles and don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more about the programme: backarisingstar@scottishswimming.com

We’re regularly updating the information as the athlete’s compete in various events; please keep browsing the site at your leisure.

Back a Rising Star aims to:

  • Raise awareness about our rising stars and the work they are putting in on their journey to realise their Commonwealth and Olympic aspirations;
  • Provide an opportunity for people beyond the normal corporate sponsorship arena to get involved in supporting our athletes and play a part in a remarkable period of Scottish sport.