Stu­dent chan­nels unique tal­ent for swim de­sign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

AN East Fre­man­tle res­i­dent has swum away with a win af­ter cre­at­ing the Tshirt de­sign for the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim 2019.

Lana Stephens, who is cur­rently at univer­sity study­ing de­sign, said she has been draw­ing and cre­at­ing since pri­mary school.

“Only re­cently was I con­fi­dent enough to start study­ing de­sign and pur­su­ing it as a ca­reer,” she said.

“I tried to put my­self in the swim­mers’ feet.

“I imag­ine there is a great deal of an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment, so I wanted to try and re­flect this in the de­sign.”

Miss Stephens said she was a big sup­porter of the event.

“I love to be there for the start, some­times even join­ing in the cel­e­bra­tions on the other side,” she said.

“I have huge ad­mi­ra­tion for par­tic­i­pants, and whilst I haven’t swum it my­self, the way it brings the peo­ple of Perth and be­yond to­gether is in­spir­ing and the buzz is in­fec­tious.”

Miss Stephens said she was shocked as this was the first de­sign con­test she had en­tered.

“I’m over the moon, it’s the big­gest com­pli­ment and mo­ti­va­tion,” she said.

Lana Stephens with her de­sign at Cottes­loe Beach.

Cottes­loe's Will Hann took on for­mer part­ner Tris­tan Schoolkate.

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