PETALING JAYA: Open water swimmer Heidi Gan is seeking another memorable outing in her third FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup at the Setubal Bay in Portugal.
The Perth-based law-undergraduate will be competing alongside a world class field of 45 swimmers from 17 nations including reigning world champion Poliana Okimoto of Brazil.
The bay, which is located 40km south of Lisbon, has a special place in the 25-year-old’s heart.
Heidi splashed her way at the venue to earn a spot at the 2012 London Olympics.
“It feels great to be back here again. I have great memories of this place, this is where I qualified for the Olympics two years ago,” said Heidi, who landed in Portugal on Thursday.
“This will only be my third World Cup appearance. Setubal two years ago and then Hong Kong last year.
“I’m still quite new to this I suppose. I’m hoping to improve on my finish time from the leader as opposed to the ranking.”
In Hong Kong last year, Heidi did well to finish a commendable 17th out of 37 competitors.
Despite the lack of major competitions, Heidi, a double gold medallist at the 2011 Indonesian SEA Games, has always been able to rise to the occasion.
Not only Heidi battled to a respectable 16th place in her maiden Olympics appearance in London, she also managed a top 30 finish in her first World Championships outing in Barcelona last year.