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News ReleaseLocal Swimming Club Gliding to Success

July 17, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS), whose member’s include Jemma Lowe one of Great Britain’s swimming representatives at the Beijing Olympics, has received a sponsorship boost thanks to Wilton-based company Air Products.

The company’s £1,500 funding will be used to pay for much needed equipment, including state of the art specialist swimming paddles, which help develop a strong swimming technique.

BOSSS, which is based at Splash Pool in Stockton, near Air Products’ Wilton Hydrogen Plant, supports competitive swimmers striving towards regional, national and international success. Their successes include World Champion medallists and British record holders Jess Dickons and Jemma Lowe. Jemma (18) has also been selected to swim in the 100 and 200 butterfly events Great Britain in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August.

BOSSS Head Coach, Graeme Antwhistle, who is to attend the Olympics as part of the GB coaching team, said: “We’re very grateful for this generous support from Air Products, some of which will enable us to run a level 1 swimming gala, which will enable swimmers from across the region to compete. This is an important opportunity for BOSSS to develop the club for the future and provide wider support for competitive swimming in the area; perhaps producing even more Olympic-calibre swimmers!”

Air Products’ Wilton Hydrogen Plant Manager, Gordon Bruce, has been involved with the club for the past 10 years and his two children have competed at National Level, commented: “As a company Air Product’s really tries to support our local community, particularly in the area of health and fitness. We encourage programmes and activities that promote character building and physical well-being – something BOSSS does exceptionally well, to the benefit of Stockton. This sponsorship really has met this aim.”


Note to the Editor:

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.  

About BOSSS
The Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS) was started at the beginning of 1998, with the support of Stockton Borough Council. It is affiliated to the Northumberland and Durham Counties Amateur Swimming Association.

The primary objective of The Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS) is to
Strive for excellence in supporting our swimmers, provide a gateway to competition at County Level and above through access to higher level training facilities and the best possible coaching. To be recognised for providing the best possible opportunities for swimmers from this region to reach their full potential and succeed in achieving their personal goals. To promote team spirit and companionship and make sure than everyone has the opportunity to enjoy swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Air Products at Wilton
Air Products manufactures hydrogen gas and liquid carbon dioxide at its plant on the Wilton International Chemical Complex. The plant was built in 1998 to supply hydrogen for the manufacturing of nylon and other chemical processes on Teesside. Air Products is the world’s largest producer of merchant hydrogen with over 30 similar plants globally 11 people are directly employed to operate and maintain the production plants on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis.

Air Products in Wilton regularly contributes and assists local schools, with a number of projects including Chemistry at Work, Children Challenging Industry and National Science Week. Air Products has also worked closely with Newham Grange Primary School in Middlesbrough to enliven their science delivery syllabus with practical support and financial contribution towards equipment.


BOSSS Contact:
Michelle Allison
BOSSS
Tel: (07792) 807 088

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