Cassie Patten, one of the Olympic heroines from Beijing, has signed up to take part in the inaugural Great Scottish Swim. The 22 year old, who won bronze in the 10k open water swim last summer, was also the winner of the inaugural Great North Swim in Lake Windermere last year.
The Great Scottish Swim makes it debut at Strathclyde Country Park on August 29th and is over a distance of one mile. The event is open to novice and experienced swimmers and will be televised on Channel 4.
Patten is relishing the opportunity to return to the water. "I really enjoyed taking part in the Great North Swim last year and to be doing all four this year is really exciting. I was delighted to beat my friend and rival Kerri Anne Payne to first place. I'm looking forward to coming to Scotland to compete and I'm sure I will again face top class opposition!"
The Great Scottish Swim has been secured through a partnership between EventScotland and North Lanarkshire Council, and organised by Nova International.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "The Great Scottish Swim is the first event of its kind for Scotland, and one which allows first-time competitors to test their abilities against a world-class field including Beijing Olympic medallist Cassie Patten.
"With the event also being covered by national and international television the Great Scottish Swim will help raise the profile of swimming in Scotland and further enhance Scotland's reputation as a world-class destination for events".
Colin Hill, Event director commented:
"Our vision for Great Swim was to inspire people into trying outdoor swimming for the first time as well having the world's best competing in the same event. Confirming Cassie into the Great Scottish Swim will hopefully inspire all of those thinking about taking part to sign up and be part of this world class event."
The Great Scottish Swim is part of a series of four events, the others being in Windermere, London and Suffolk. It is limited to an entry of 2000 and is available on a first come, first served basis.