History : BRISTOL CENTRAL CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN SYNCHRO'
The Development of Synchronised
Swimming in Bristol Central
Synchronised Swimming in the Club started as far back as
1947 when George Jones was looking for a different aspect of
swimming to make galas more entertaining. He asked Stella
Beadle and Peggy Adlam if they would demonstrate together and
they put on a short display called "Tandem Swimming". Later
Stella swam with Georje's eldest daughter Maureen and
gradually other swimmers joined in to form the "Bristol Central
Floating Team". They synchronised their strokes as they swam
patterns and formations such as the Trellis, Ladder, Fan, Wheel
and Fountain. This was often done to a background of music with
pattern changes indicated by a short blast on a whistle. The team
was very p.ppular .undgr the_ guidance of Stella and George and
travelled all over the West Country giving displays.
On the international scene synchronised swimming was weil
established in the USA and Canada and in 1962 the A.S.A. asked
Helen Elkington, one of the National Technical Officers, to
develop the sport in this country.