Beginner swimmers have opportunity to be coached to 1 mile at Great Scottish Swim by Keri-Anne Payne

Four people from across Scotland have an exciting opportunity to join a training team to go from beginners to completing their first open water swim at the Great Scottish Swim.

The Great Scottish Swim training programme offers those with compelling stories the chance to have free entry to the one-mile distance on Saturday 25 August, with bespoke training from 2008 Olympic silver medallist and two-time World Champion swimmer Keri-anne Payne.

Keri-anne, who is the ambassador of the Great Swim Series, will support the four participants through a combination of coaching sessions, a tailor-made training plan and Skype calls to offer expert advice and guidance.

The four beginners will then take on the one-mile distance at the swim in August, along with 2,000 others of all ages and abilities.

The lucky winners will also be given hospitality at the event, which takes place in beautiful Loch Lomond for the sixth consecutive year and gives participants the opportunity to swim in the picturesque surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Keri-anne said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting and coaching a small group of incredible people ahead of the Great Scottish Swim.

“So many people have lots of different reasons for taking on an open water swim like, which is really inspiring. 

“Swimming in Loch Lomond is an incredible experience; the setting is beautiful and the atmosphere is incredible so this is an amazing opportunity for people to get involved in a brand new challenge!”

Anyone who wishes to apply to be a part of the Great Scottish Swim training programme should email their full name, age, location, contact details and reason why they should be chosen to scottishswimtraining@greatswim.org

Applications will close on Tuesday 5 June and the successful applicants will be informed by Thursday 7 June.

The Great Scottish Swim features a range of distances for all ages and abilities, from 250 metres up to a 10k marathon swim and a duathlon for those looking to combine land and water.

Paul Bush, OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to once again be supporting the Great Scottish Swim.

“Loch Lomond & The Trossachs is the perfect stage for the event and for four lucky swimmers it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train for their first open water swim under the expert guidance of an Olympic silver medallist.

“With the perfect setting and the perfect coach, what else could you ask for!”

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said: “Open water swimming is a fantastic way to get out to enjoy and exercise in the wonderful lochs of the National Park.

“The Great Scottish Swim is a great showcase for the sport which, along with the event itself, has grown in popularity in recent years.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming the event and Kerri-anne back to Loch Lomond this summer.

“She’s a great ambassador for the sport and this is a fantastic opportunity for people to get personal coaching and advice from an expert and to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of open water swimming.”

Entries for the Great Scottish Swim are open at: Greatswim.org/Scottish

For more information and safety advice on open water swimming in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park go to http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/things-to-do/water-activities/swimming/

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