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Heather makes Lanark ASC history at GB Open Water Championships

Heather has impressed in open water competition. Photo courtesy of Stuart Stevenson

Lanark ASC’s Heather Stevenson became the first club swimmer to take part in the GB Open Water Championships at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield, finishing just outside the top 20.

The event is the country’s flagship open water age group competition, attracting the future stars of open water swimming.

Heather competed in the 15-year-old age group category having qualified for the two-day event as a result of her top three placing at Monikie earlier on in the year.

The opening day of the programme was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, which saw the support canoes being blown over, but Heather’s second day of 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.

Lanark ASC 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.”