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GB Open Water Championships @ Sheffield

It was another first for Lanark ASC when Heather Stevenson became the first ever club swimmer to compete at the GB Open Water Championships held at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield. Heather competed in the 15 year old age group category having qualified as a result of her top three placing at Monikie earlier on in the year.

The Day 1 programme was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions which saw the support canoes being blown over but Heather’s day 2 competition went ahead as planned. The water temperature was 20.5 degrees which meant the competitors had to swim in swimsuits as opposed to the normal wetsuits if conditions were colder.

Coach Karen Kelly said “Heather just finished outside the top 20 which was an excellent effort in her first GB event. It was a huge learning curve for her swimming in a normal swimsuit, using timing chips and mixing with the best junior open water swimmers in the UK. Next open water action for Heather and sisters Millie and Abbigail McArthur is the Scottish Championships at Loch Venachar.”