Friday, December 28, 2018

Maureen Campbell recognised in New Years Honours

Maureen Campbell, former Chair of the Scottish Swimming Board, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours.

Campbell provided excellent leadership and direction to Scottish Swimming from the moment she joined the Board of Directors in 2004, before taking over as Chair in 2006. The change, development and success that Maureen oversaw during this time was down to many people but Maureen's leadership, vision and determination has seen Scottish Swimming develop into and be recognised as one of the leading sports governing bodies in Scotland, with significant progress and success in governance, development and performance levels of the sport. She receives an OBE for Services to Swimming in Scotland.

Speaking of her time with Scottish Swimming, Campbell said,

“My most memorable times with Scottish Swimming have come from supporting the teams at the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. Glasgow 2014 was particularly rewarding as it provided inspiration not just for the swimming community but the whole of Scotland.  In the Gold Coast this year I was delighted to celebrate outstanding performances in the pool; the diving medals from Grace and James were particularly memorable as well as Duncan’s 100m freestyle win."

Speaking of the wider work of Scottish Swimming, Campbell continued,

“Everyday swimmers and divers across Scotland are working hard to fulfil their potential in clubs in almost every pool in Scotland , as Chair of Scottish Swimming I was enormously proud to be part of the team that supported the infrastructure and created the pathway for their success.

“I have been very fortunate to work with a great staff team at Scottish Swimming and with wonderful Presidents, Board and Council members. This award is great recognition for the importance of contributing off the pool side to ensuring that everyone can swim.

“I’m both honoured and humbled to be recognised with this award.”

Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, is made a dame for services to sport.

The former swimmer was chairwoman of Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1999 until 2007 and chairwoman of sportscotland from 2008 to 2015.

She played a key role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow and served as vice-chairwoman of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.

She said: "I am truly overwhelmed and humbled to be recognised in this way - and can't imagine what my 16 year old self would have thought about this announcement when I first experienced the Commonwealth Games as a swimmer at the 1962 Games in Perth, Australia."

The full list of recipients can be found HERE