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Call-up for Heard

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

THERE was more success for talented teenager Sam Heard as he celebrated a national call-up this week.

The 19-year-old swimming sensation followed up his fifth win in the annual Lowestoft Pier to Pier race a fortnight ago, with a stunning third place finish in the British Open Water Championships at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham at the weekend.

THERE was more success for talented teenager Sam Heard as he celebrated a national call-up this week.

The 19-year-old swimming sensation followed up his fifth win in the annual Lowestoft Pier to Pier race a fortnight ago, with a stunning third place finish in the British Open Water Championships at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham at the weekend.

And this week, he was informed from the National Performance Director of British Swimming that he has been selected for the 2008 European Open Water championships in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

This comes after his good performance in the gruelling 5k event at the British Open Water Championships.

He will travel out to Croatia on September 7 and compete to September 12 in the 5k event for Great Britain.

“The event takes place in the sea, which should be not too difficult for Sam given his Pier to Pier successes,” his proud mum Pat Heard said.

For this championships next month, on the same British team as Sam will be a member of the British squad who is currently competing at the Olympics in Beijing.

It has been a busy yet “good year” for Heard, according to his parents.

He won the East Region open water 5k event at Whitlingham, near Norwich, a few weeks ago and also helped his City of Norwich team also win the team event.

Heard, who swims for the City of Norwich Swimming Club, is a former pupil of Lothingland Middle and Benjamin Britten High Schools who is now studying at the University of East Anglia for a degree in pharmacy.

“This is like a dream come true for Sam having narrowly missed out a couple of years ago for the junior Europeans,” Mrs Heard said.

“To get a place on the senior team in his first year of senior competition is incredible.”

And showing just how successful a year it has been, Heard competed in the Olympic Trials at Sheffield earlier this year gaining a place in the B final and coming in second place.

He also participated in the Senior British Championships at Liverpool in the 200m free, 400m free, 800m free and 1500m free, and in this final event he secured a place in the final, coming in 7th place, again a good achievement for his first year at senior level.


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