A coach's view:
The European Championships were for me a highlight of my career so far. lt's a wonderful feeling going to a major international hoping that you manage to win a medal, whatever colour, and coming away with gold and silver.
The girls in the prelims could have swum better, but despite this we came first, which meant we had an excellent draw for the final - last. lt was a nice feeling knowing the routine got good.marks, but yet knowing the girls could swim it so much better. And they did! They were tremendous. I ended up with a big lump in my throat ...the other countries were with them all the way, clapping from beginning to end and the girls really rose to the occasion.
Even nowI look at the video and can hardly believe that they were the same girls l'd nagged to death all year!
Many congratulations Nicki, Lisa, Jayne,Jenny, Lian, Amanda, Angela, Michelle, Rachel and not forgetting Morwenna our non-travelling reserve. You were a super squad to work with and I wish you all the best for future competitions.
Thanks also to Margaret Coyne who did an excellent job as team manager - I hope you enjoyed the year as much as I did. -ANDREA HOLLAND