Sarah Northey - Gold
Joanne Seebugh - Silver
L. Macrae/M.Svenson - Gold
Sarah Northey/Jo Luckett - Gold
Jo Seeburgh/ Sam Allen - Silver
Reading Royals - Silver
Sarah Northey preparing for her solo
Overall team winnners Reading
Synchro World Competition - Birmingham, 3rd May
Southern Counties Age Groups
9th & 30th May
9/10yrs - Samantha Luckett - Gold
11/12yrs - M.Svensen - 5th
Linda Macrae, S Hawthorne
13/14 yrs - Helen Smith - 6th
15/16 yrs - Sarah Northey - Gold
Joanne Luckett - Bronze
Vicky Maybury, Louise Rutter, Julia Svensen
12&under - M.Svensen/Linda Macrae - Silver
S.Hawthorne/N.Robertson - 4th
13/14yrs - L.Fishleigh/Helen Smith - Silver
15/16yrs - Sarah Northey/ Jo Luckett - Gold
- Louise Rutter/J.Svensen - Bronze
17& over - Rebekah Taylor/Sue Vockins - Gold
9/10yrs - Sam Luckett - Gold
11/12yrs - M.Svensen - Silver
Linda Macrae, S.Hawthorne
13/14yrs - Helen Smith - 6th
15/16yrs - Sarah Northey - Gold
- Victoria Maybury - Bronze
Joanne Luckett, Louise Rutter
17 & over - Jo Seeburgh - Gold
Rebekah Taylor - Silver
Sue Vockins - Bronze
12 & Under - Reading Royals - Gold
13/14yrs - Reading Royals - Silver
15/16yrs - Reading Royals - Gold
England juniors had two assignments, one at Orebro in Sweden and then in July in Vienna. Four RR swimmers, Emma Clark, Sarah Northey, Alison Maybury and Vicky Elson travelled to both competitions. Sarah and Emma won silver and bronze respectively in competing duets and the team won gold.
Not quite sure of the status of the Vienna competition (Austrian Open)?. Sarah Northey's report (excerpts) below -
(L to R) Maria Erraught, Alison Maybury, Katie Wishart, Sarah Northey, Ann Alexander,Carolyn Wilson (Team Coach), Kerry Shacklock, Emma Clark, Claire Pember, Vicky Elson
"We all looked very smart with blue above the knee skirts and blue and white t-shirt.
At mid afternoon we found out it was group 6 and also that Canada, America, Japan and Korea had also been invited to the competition, so we had to work hard on our figures. Carol Hicks our judge and Carolyn took us for our figuresand told us not to look at the clouds as
they moved! This caused a few problems but were easily sorted out.
There were twenty six solos in all. Kerry swam a strong and well presented solo and came 10th. I came 4th with two Americans and a Canadian in front of me. With the new Fina rule I moved up a place because only one swimmer from each country can qualify for the finals, so I got the bronze medal, nicknamed the dinner plate.
ln the team event the Dutch swam before us and had a technical hitch with the music, this meant our team had to swim earlier than expected. We swam the team well but wasn't good enough to beat the Canadians and we came a disappointing 4th and a few tears were shed"
Joanne Seeburg and Samanatha Allen were members of the GB squad which travelled to Strasbourg for the Europeans. The squad just missed out on medal with 4th place finishes in Solo, Duet and Team.
European Championships - Strasbourg -16th/23rd August
Team at Heathrow with TM Janet Holdstock waiting to leave
We normally include some extracts from the GB competition report but below is a tranlsation of a French newspaper report which warns of the coming of Russia as a synchro force and a Spanish press article which because of Carolyn Wilson's European success two years earlier in Sofia, had GB as one of the favourites for medals. How times and sport change!
"Three gold medals for France, but ... The USSR is making great strides
Confined in the southern district of Strasbourg, at the pool of the Kibitzeneu, syn-chronic swimming could have felt away from these European championships. But by winning the three gold medals of the solo, the duo and the team, the team of France gave a superb spotlight on a discipline unfortunately still too much decried.
As the swimmers of the GDR in their greatest years, the French team won all possible titles. Of course the Eastern European countries have not yet started, actually starting their work at the time of the entry of the discipline at the Olympic Games of Los Angeles. And since then, the Soviets have become the great rivals of the Fran-beim for continental domination. Thus already in Strasbourg, the USSR was able to win the team crown. But the tricolors. aware of the danger had secured a margin of safety during the imposed exercises where the technique takes precedence over all the rest. Starting with this advantage for the conquest of the gold medal of the bal-let, they managed to preserve their European title conquered two years earlier in Sofia. But Françoise Schuller, the blue-haul trainer, did not veil her face. "In a few years they will be before us." There are currently a number of professional coaches in every Soviet Union and a dozen centers such as our INSEP.
They have been working for ten years to reach the summit and
daughters of the same level as those seen in Strasbourg. They are still winning in technique. But their coming is near. As an irresistible force, the Soviets pro-gress over the years. And the France team aware of the danger will have to work even better to continue to compete with the girls of the Urals. Muriel Hermine, the Queen of Strasbourg with her three medals around her neck, warned: "What we have achieved is superb. But I think the hardest thing starts. A top nation is subject to variations in performance and level. It will become more and more difficult to keep up with the first rank in the years to come. " But that does not mean that the Soviet push is irremediable. La Francs owns according to our European champion "at least four girls" able to become continental champion in the future. Spurred by this new rival more and more pressing, France can still achieve great things. Especially if the federation continues its effort in favor of synchro. Chr. W.
The Soviet Union constitutes the great danger for France in the years to come".
12 & under
Linda Macrae - 5th
Melissa Svensen, Samantha Hawthorne
Helen Smith - 11th
Sarah Northey - Gold
Linda Macrae - 4th
Melissa Svensen, Samantha Hawthorne
Helen Smith - 10th
Sarah Northey - Gold
12& under - Reading Royals - Gold
13/14 yrs - Reading Royals - Silver
15/16 yrs - Reading Royals - Gold
Melissa Svensen & Linda Macrae - Bronze
Loise Fishleigh & Helen Smith - Gold
Sarah Northey & Joanne Luckett - Gold
Louise Rutter & Melissa Svensen - Bronze
National Age Group Championships - Gloucester
Gallery & Other things
Costume Regulations !
It is not often that that Synchro World make a boo-boo editorially and you can judge for yourself. Here is the cover shot from issue 2 in 1987. It carried no other comment save for its reference to its own letters feature "Splashback" which carried an article on the change in ASA regulations of synchro costumes, an issue that had been brewing for some time. See right for both..........
"I feel that I just had to write about the
cover of the recent issue of Synchro Wortd.
I thought the idea of the magazine was to
promote the sport as a serious one. The
only thing that a picture like this does is add
fuel for the people who want to knock the
"In my experience, swimmers and/or coaches exercise good sense in their selection of dress and I found the dipiction of costumes of Synchronised swimmers tobe offensive, suggestive and totally unrepresentative."
La Vie Parisien
The inclusion of the cover image by the readership appears not to have been all that well received. Excerpts (from different correspondents) in the postbag here :-
"I can only but assume that models were
used in preference to genuine Synchro
swimmers for this picture and I ask the
question . . . Was it really necessary?"....... Well a time and a place perhaps and whilst analogies tend to be stretched somewhat, if we move on 20 years we find GB's very own Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison at the World Trophy in Madrid (2008)......
"The ever rising leg line of the sporstwear
manufacterers costumes and the scanti-
ness of fashion swimsuits means we
should start to think about making our own.
Remember those wonderful hand-
knitted costumes? They woutd have met
the new regulations - well, white they were
....... and then (admittedly in a showbiz rather than synchro environment) in the build up to London 2012 with Robin Cousins who of course was involved with the GB Team Routine at the olympics.
In case anyone wants to take a look at the GB Duet (2008) swimming in heels (thematic competition remember) ... it is here
England Age Group - Wuppertal, Germany/Madrid
Club squad members on the two trips were Julia Svenson and Louise Rutter
Captain Kirsty MacAndrew's Synchro World report from Germany is above right. The competition in Madrid later in the year was the III Open San Isidro. Louise and Julia finished in 2nd place in the "Solo B" final and the team were ranked 3rd.
Team talk with coach Philippa Sutton
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.