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!!