Keanna MacInnes Receives the Peter Heatly Trophy

on Tuesday, 06 February 2018.

Presented at the East District Age Group Championships R3 2018 at the RCP

2017 has been an excellent year for this year’s winner of the Peter Heatly award, with wins at home and abroad, records aplenty and the added challenge of some pretty serious school exams to deal with.

In the swimming pool, over 2 minutes and 9.64 seconds she achieved a remarkable bronze medal at the FINA world junior championships in Indianapolis and in so doing lowered the Scottish record for 200 fly by over 2 seconds. This was one of 5 Scottish records and 16 East District individual records that she set in the course of 2017. She also beat Hannah Miley at the Scottish nationals in 200 fly to take her first ever senior title in July, and became British junior champion over 100 fly earlier in the year.

Our award winner began her swimming career at Grove at a very young age, before moving to Hearts as a nine-year-old. She made remarkable progress over the next three years and, for the last 4, has been coached by Phil Potter. While always a phenomenal fly swimmer, it isn’t too long ago that other strokes were more of a struggle. However, she now excels across all four strokes and is an accomplished IM swimmer. 

She shows her versatility by taking to the great outdoors to compete in open water events, and in October, in the Cyprus International, won the 1.25k and 2.5k races as part of a Scottish Swimming team.  The interest in different events and disciplines is very much encouraged by her coaching team and continues a history of dabbling in triathlon, gymnastics and even diving. Basically, it seems, if it involves water she will give it a go (as long as there is no chance of getting smacked in the face by a water polo ball).

None of this can be achieved without remarkable qualities of dedication, professionalism and determination. Yet for all her success she remains very well grounded, balancing her aquatic activities with school work – she is often to be seen completing school work at the RCP while waiting for training to begin.

For these achievements she collected the Eian Prentice and WG Todd awards as junior open water swimmer and Scottish junior swimmer at the Scottish Swimming awards in Aberdeen.

2018 will provide further opportunities to extend her swimming credentials – she is one of the youngest selected for the 2018 Scottish Commonwealth Games team competing at the Gold Coast in April. That is very much her focus and target for the early part of next year.  Who knows what else 2018 will bring, but we wish her all the best as she continues striving to realise the dream of representing GB in Tokyo in 2020.

It is hardly surprising that the Sir Peter Heatly award is given to Keanna MacInnes this year.

The award was presented by SASA East District President, Richie Metcalfe

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