Scottish Swimming has appointed Sharon MacDonald as Director of Development for the sport.

MacDonald has over 20 years of Sports Development experience and has worked for Scottish Swimming since 2009, first as Healthy Living Manager and most recently as Participation Programme Manager.

During that time, she managed to secure an additional £1.2m from the Scottish Government for the National Top Up swimming programme plus another £100,000 from Comic Relief for a swimming leadership programme which she herself developed.

Before joining Scottish Swimming, she had worked at sportscotland for ten years. In her role as Partnership Manager, she helped to develop relationships with key agencies, including Sports Governing Bodies and Local Authorities.

“I am truly delighted to take up the role/position of Director of Development,” she said. “The post presents an exciting opportunity to further enhance and build on the development of swimming in Scotland. Having led the development of the new participation programme at Scottish Swimming over the last 4 years, I am looking forward to working closer with the Districts, clubs and other aquatic disciplines to ensure that more people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds participate in swimming for either health, fitness and fun, training and competition, or as volunteers, teachers and coaches.”

Scottish Swimming’s new Chief Executive, Forbes Dunlop added that he was “delighted Sharon will be stepping into the Director of Development role with Scottish Swimming. She has 20 years experience working at a local and national level of sport in Scotland and most recently has led the work on Healthy living and Learn to Swim for Scottish Swimming. I am really looking forward to working with Sharon and the rest of the team.”