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Danielle HUSKISSON
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Born27 Mar 1993 in South Shields, ENG
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Jak Scott
Residence
Stirling, SCO
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Fitness Instructor
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - University of Stirling: Scotland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two. She competed in her first open water event in May 2013.
Why this sport?
She was invited to the British open water trials after impressing in 800m and 1500m freestyle events in 2013. "I have done a few 5km's in the past but I've always thought 1500m was too short of an event to do. I've always felt that I had much longer endurance, so when the opportunity came up to do the 10km I was ready to do it, I felt like I could try and see how I get on doing it."
Club / Team
University of Stirling: Scotland
General Interest
Hobbies
Yoga, hiking, camping, mountaineering, watching Formula One motor racing, spending time with her pet dog. (Instagram profile, 23 May 2021; Twitter profile, 25 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol
British open water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne. (simplyswim.com, 11 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have a place, you have a chance." (simplyswim.com, 11 Sep 2019)
Other sports
She has competed in swimming at national level in Great Britain, and won silver in the 800m freestyle event at the 2019 British Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also competed in diving at junior level for the City of Sunderland club in England. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Oct 2020; Sunderland Echo, 27 Nov 2010)
Famous relatives
Her partner Jak Scott has represented Great Britain in swimming. (Facebook profile, 12 Apr 2017; swimming.org, 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 29 Oct 2020)
Other information
MOVE TO OPEN WATER
She competed in shorter distances in the pool before switching to open water swimming. "It was not necessarily a choice to compete in open water. I had done a couple of open water England talent camps when I was younger, but once I had moved away from home to university in Stirling, I never really gave it a second thought. In 2013, after doing well in the 800m at British trials, I was given the opportunity to compete in my first open water 10km race in Portugal. I was hesitant at first as 10km is a very daunting task. I eventually decided I would go and if nothing came of it, at least I had tried one. It turned out to be extreme weather conditions and was the hardest 10km I have ever done to this day. To my surprise, I finished top British girl and qualified for the Barcelona world championships [in 2013]. Ever since then I have not looked back. I have been fortunate enough to have had many amazing experiences and travelled the world because of open water swimming." (simplyswim.com, 11 Sep 2019)

SWIMMING AND YOGA COACHING
Since October 2016 she has worked as a swim coach at her alma mater, the University of Stirling. In November 2018 she also began working as a yoga instructor at the university in addition to swim coaching. (Twitter profile, 21 May 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020; Instagram profile, 23 May 2021)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
25 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:55:31.5
11 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 55:31.1
  2017 Budapest, HUN 5km  DNS
12 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:01:06.1
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:51.1
35 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 2:00:57.3
33 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 2:01:31.5
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10km 1:59:37.3
8 2016 Hoorn, NED 10km 2:07:13.7
1 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km 59:46.1
4 2016 Hoorn, NED 5km - Team Time Trial 57:03.5
21 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 2:03:01.9
7 2014 Berlin, GER 5km - Team Time Trial 58:06.5
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
40 2021   10km  
29 2021 Doha, QAT 10km 2:02:01.6
  2020   10km  
14 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:56:57.2
101 2019   10km  
35 2019 Doha, QAT 10km 2:06:01.9
29 2018   10km  
32 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:08:14.0
18 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:59:24.70
19 2018 Doha, QAT 10km 2:03:07.7
21 2018 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:09:20.69
36 2017   10km  
28 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:35.3
16 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:38:22.61
14 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:08:19.3
12 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:54.56
21 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:47.2
23 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:07:03.9