SCA Selects First American Crewmember to Join Only All-Female Team in Volvo
Wisconsin woman joins Team SCA in round-the-world sailing race
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SCA, a leading global hygiene and
forest products company based in Sweden, today announced the first American
sailor to join Team SCA, the only all-female crew to compete in the 2014-2015
Volvo Ocean Race. Sally Barkow, a former Olympic sailor and Wisconsin native,
joins an international crew of eleven women who will compete in a nine-leg
race around the world, covering more than 39,000 miles of the world's most
challenging oceans and conditions.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of sailing's "Big Three" events along with the
America's Cup and the Olympics. "Team SCA," the official name for the crew,
was the firstto announce an entry for what will be the 12th edition of the
race, which will launch from Alicante, Spain, in October 2014. An all-female
team is uncommon for the sailing competition (there hasn't been one in more
than a decade) due, in part, to the intense physical challenges of the race.
However, all boat entries this time are using the exact same boat design,
leveling the playing field.
"The Volvo Ocean Race offers us a great opportunity to raise the profile of
SCA and its brands in the U.S. in a way that supports our B2B customers," said
Don Lewis, president of SCA in the Americas. "Team SCA's participation aligns
strongly with a key focus of our company – respect for nature – and
underscores our connection with our consumers worldwide, 80 percent of whom
SCA global hygiene brands include Tork® dispensers, napkin, towel, tissue and
wiper products used in commercial settings, and TENA® incontinence care
products used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities.
"SCA offers products that improve care of life for families and individuals at
home and in the public settings where our products are used.Additionally, SCA
has a strong sustainability focus as a company with carbon-neutral operations,
as our growing forestlands absorb more carbon than we emit in our production
each year.Care of life is a key concept for our company worldwide," said Amy
Bellcourt, vice president of SCA. "Our participation in the Volvo Ocean Race
is an inspiring example of this. We're putting the resources behind the
courageous women of Team SCA to empower them to live out a lifelong dream and
compete on a team with women who share their passion."
American sailor Barkow, an Olympian, joins Team SCA
Barkow joins a growing team of international sailing champions. Team SCA
crewmembers to date include Carolijn Brouwer from the Netherlands; Sam Davies,
Abby Ehler, and Annie Lush from the United Kingdom; and Liz Wardley, Stacey
Jackson and Sophie Ciszek from Australia.
Justine Mettraux from Switzerland was also announced today as joining the
The crew has been undergoing a rigorous training program at the Team SCA base
in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands since September 2012.
"Joining the first all-female team that has a strong ability to compete in the
Volvo Ocean Race is very exciting," said Barkow, native of Nashotah,
Wisconsin. "The women of Team SCA represent many places in the world. I am
proud to represent my country and to give SCA employees and customers in the
U.S. a personal connection to the team and the race."
Barkow, 33, began sailing at the age of five on Pine Lake, where her home is
located. She has been on and off the Olympic circuit for the past 10 years and
has also been involved in several other offshore races, including the 2011
Women's Match Race Championships and Princess Sofia Trofeo, for which she was
awarded gold medals. At the 2012 French Olympics Sailing Week, Barkow's "Team
7" collected the silver medal. She loves sailing for the competition and the
excitement and focus while racing. In 2008 she competed for the U.S. in the
Summer Olympic games in Beijing.
To learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race, follow along with Team SCA crew
training and race updates, please visit TeamSCA.com. You can also follow Team
SCA on social media via their Twitter handle, @team.sca, and Facebook page.
SCA will be highlighting the company's participation in the Volvo Ocean Race
throughout 2014 and 2015 through activities with their U.S. brands, TENA® and
SCA shares are quoted and traded primarily on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm
exchange as the company is based in Sweden, and as American Depository
Receipts in the U.S.
For six consecutive years, SCA has been honored by Ethisphere as one of the
world's most ethical companies.Fortune magazine has also ranked SCA as one of
the world's most admired companies in the forest and paper products industry.
Additionally, the company is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company that develops and
produces personal care products, tissue and forest products. With sales in 100
countries, SCA has 36,000 employees and had revenue in 2012 of $13 billion.
With nine manufacturing facilities across North America, the company's
Americas headquarters is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In North America, SCA produces the Tork® line of napkin, towel, tissue and
wiper products used in commercial settings such as office buildings,
restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities and the TENA® line of
incontinence care products used by consumers at home and in healthcare
facilities. TENA and Tork are the global leading brands in their categories.
For more information, visit www.sca.com/us
For additional information, please contact:
Amy Bellcourt, SCA Americas Vice President Communications
SOURCE SCA Americas
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