11 July 2009

Stephen Water­house, no stranger to the cold harsh real­i­ties of open water swim­ming hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly rep­re­sent­ed GB in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, took part in the French Cup last week as a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Gas Open Water Squad.

Sat­ur­day saw Stephen take to the water in the 10km event in Le Lac de Vas­siviere. He fin­ished sec­ond, and was the high­est placed scot, los­ing out in a sprint fin­ish by just 0.5 seconds.

Rac­ing on Sun­day took place at Lac Saint Par­doux, close to the city of Limo­ges and Stephen was again in good form. This time rac­ing the short­er 5km dis­tance, Stephen was able to pace with the lead­ing pack. How­ev­er, he was out-sprint­ed in the final straight and had to set­tle for bronze.

After a much need­ed rest day, Stephen was once again in action on Tues­day when he com­pet­ed in the 5km event in Car­cans Maubuis­son near Bor­deaux. In a close race, Stephen was touched out for the vic­to­ry for the third time in four days to fin­ish in 2nd place. Stephen did how­ev­er have the con­so­la­tion of win­ning the 18 – 19 years age cat­e­go­ry for the event.

Stephen would like to point out that he lost to the World Cham­pi­on each and every time. Excuses…

Well done Stephen. Let’s work on those sprint finishes!!