Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Scottish Swimming Saves on Plastic Waste

“We are delighted to support our Learn to Swim partner, Scottish Water, with their campaign.” Forbes Dunlop

A week after the launch of the ‘Your Water, Your life'  Campaign, Scottish Swimming is delighted to announce that Scottish Water will be providing volunteers and officials with reusable water bottles at the forthcoming Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 28 June to 1 July.

 In a bid to reduce plastic waste at the meet, Scottish Swimming will not be providing any bottled water, instead, encouraging everyone to top up their reusable bottles at taps in the venue. By moving towards tap water instead of bottled water Scottish Swimming will be reducing waste by approximately 10,000 bottles a year of which the open championships accounted for 25 per cent.

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming said,

“There has been a huge amount of coverage around the volume of plastic being thrown away. Not having bottled water at our National Championships will not resolve the bigger issue, but it does show that by making small changes in the way we run events, we can start doing our bit to helping the environment.

“We are delighted to support our Learn to Swim partner, Scottish Water, with their campaign.”

Speaking at the recent launch, Scottish Water chief executive Douglas Millican said,

"We’re calling on our five million customers to help us create a positive shift in the way tap water is consumed in Scotland.

"The benefits of topping up with fresh, great tasting Scottish tap water are clear. It's good for the pocket, good for the environment and good for your health.

"By prompting Scotland's water drinkers to refill reusable bottles from the tap, our hope is that more and more people take advantage of the world-class drinking water they have at their fingertips, every day.”

868 athletes representing 83 Clubs will be competing at Scottish Swimming’s four day Championships, with over 30 of those Clubs travelling from out with Scotland, a testament to the quality and calibre of the meet. Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Jack Thorpe and Scott McLay will be in action as will Conner Morrison and Toni Shaw who will be representing GBR at the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Dublin in August.


Scottish Swimming, in partnership with Glasgow-based QTV Sports, will once again be providing a free-to-air live stream from the Championships, broadcasting the evening sessions (finals) online from Wednesday 1st April. The stream can be found at www.scottishswimming.com/live.  


All spectator tickets will be sold on the door at Tollcross by the Front of House team.  Ticket pricing is as follows: 


Adult - £5 Heats - £6 Finals

Concession - £4 Heats - £5 Finals

Child £1


The schedule of events can be found  HERE


For more information on this press release please contact Kirsten Phillips or Helen Plank at k.phillips@scottishswimming.com or h.plank@scottishswimming.com