New North American Crewmember to join Team SCA in Race Around the World
PHILADELPHIA, March 18, 2014 — SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, today announced the addition of North American sailor Sara Hastreiter to Team SCA, the only all-female crew to compete in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race.
Hastreiter, raised in Wyoming and a current resident of Newport, R.I., discovered her passion for sailing less than four years ago. Since then, she has sailed over 40,000 nautical miles and competed in numerous races including the Caribbean 600, Newport to Bermuda Race, IRC Nationals, NYYC Race Week, Antigua Race Week and the St. Thomas Rolex Regatta.
“It means everything to me to be part of Team SCA” said Hastreiter. “From the first time I heard about offshore racing, I knew it was something I wanted to do, but something like this team has never been an option until now. It is pretty amazing to be out on the water and look around you to see a group of women racing together in a project backed by such a strong support crew and company as enthusiastic as SCA.”
Team SCA has been trialing candidates and, with some seven months left to the start of the race in October, has honed down the final crew to current squad of twelve.
In addition to Hastreiter, SCA also confirmed today that Dee Caffari (GBR) and Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI) will be joining Team SCA. The three women join a squad that includes: Sally Barkow (USA), Carolijn Brouwer (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS), Sam Davies (GBR), Abby Ehler (GBR), Stacey Jackson (AUS), Annie Lush (GBR), Justine Mettraux (SUI) and Liz Wardley (AUS). Eleven members of the squad will make up the actual race team with the remainder as reserves, paralleling a practice usual in most sports teams.
“Our excitement around the Volvo Ocean Race continues to build as we watch more and more exceptionally strong women join together to form Team SCA,” said Don Lewis, president of SCA in the Americas. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Sara Hastreiter, another North American, join the team and represent SCA and our brands in the U.S., TENA® and Tork®.”
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 Tork.
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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 44,000 employees and had revenue in 2013 of $14.2 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.essity.com/us
For additional information, please contact:
Amy Bellcourt, SCA Americas Vice President Communications