"READING ROYALS" ....
An article that appeared in SYNCHRO WORLD at the start of the year touching on a bit of history but looking forward to the prospects for the year ahead.
Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club was formed in 1969 by our President, Mrs Joyce Mullins, and her late husband, Maurice, with their daughter, Jackie, being the first swimming member.
We now have more than 50 full swimming members and a considerable number of young girls on our preliminarycourses who will ensure the continuing success of the
club in the future.
ln the past we have been National Team Champions on four occasions and held numerous individual championships including three National Champions. ln 1984 we had four members of the Royals in the Junior GB Squad, Samantha Allen, Vicki Elson, Joanne Seeburg and Nicola Wilson.
For 1985 it would appear that ourgirls will be appearing in many guises: we have Sally Manning, who is swimming in the GB Senior Squad, Jo Seeburg, a GB Junior, who is joining the Senior Squadfor the 5 Nations. Six swimmers, Emma Clark, Vicki Elson, Jo Luckett, Alison Maybury, Sarah Northey and Susie Vockins, in the Age Group Squad and four swimmers, Sam Allen, Andrea Hughes, Rebekah Taylor and Nicola Wilson, in the Southern District team. A glowing example to the younger members of the Club and the result of much hard training.
Reading is reportedly well-off for pools but there is never enough for all (where have you heard that before?).The Club sessions are one hour on Friday evening and 2 1/2 hours Sunday lunchtime, interspersed with stamina and routine sessions for particular ages and grades. Chief coach John Hawthorne is insistent that daily training isthe only way to the top.Brenda Holland, our Chief Choreographer, adheres to the line "Simple routines done well and Good Figures properly performed take marks" and this will be our theme for 1985 and I trust that you will see our distinctive royal blue tracksuits in the medal positions yet again this year.
1985 GB Squad Selection
Vicki Elson (Captain)
Coach: Edna Russell
Team Managen Janet Holdstock
The following girls have been selected for the GB squads for 1985. Congratulations
to them all and good luckforthe competirtive season.
Alison Garrett ( Captain)
Coach: Andrea Holland
Jayne Wollaston ( Captain)
Coach: Terry Dodd
Team Managen Janet Holdstock
Sarah Northey - Gold Joanne Seeburg - Gold
Victoria Maybury - Silver Samantha Allen - Silver
Joanne Luckett - Bronze Nicola Wilson ,Emma Clark,
Lindsay Smith, Louise Rutter
SCASA AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS Bracknell
Sarah Northey - Gold
Joanne Luckett - Bronze
Victoria Maybury, Lindsay Smith
Joanne Seeburg - Gold
Samantha Allen - Bronze
Emma Clark, Nicola Wilson, Alison Maybury
13/14yrs Reading - Gold
15/16yrs Reading - Gold
Joanne Luckett & Sarah Northey - Gold
Louise Rutter & Lindsay Smith
Jo Seeburg & Samantha Allen - Gold
Emma Clark & Alison Maybury - Bronze
Vicky Elson & Sus Vockins
Reading's GB Age Group Squad Members
Not only do we have some photos but some narrative as well....sorry girls...um ladies!
Emma is a member of Reading Royals
Club and is coached byJohn Hawthorne
and Jenny Gray. She started synchro
in 1 982 when she says "At that time I
thought 'How nice'!" She has since
changed her mind. Emma is the current
13/14 National Age-Group winner in
both figures and solos and will be
performing her solo in the Madrid
lnternational. ln this same competition,
Emma and Vicky Elson won the silver
medal in the duet everit.
Emma's ambition is to be a memberof
the senior GB Squad and to represent
GB in the Olympics.
Jo, a member of Reading RoYals
started synchro at the age of 7 and is
one of the youngest members of the
Age-Group Team. She has alreadY
won 8 gold medals as a12 and under
swimmer is the Southern Counties U
1 4 duet champion. Jo's ambition is to
be part of a winning team in the
Olympics. Nothing like aiming for the
top! ln her spare time after school and
approximately 12 hours training a
week, Jo enjoys ballet and PlaYing
the bassoon and Piano.
At 13 1/2 is one of the most experienced
members of the age-group team. This
is her second year as a team member.
She is a member of Reading Royals
Club where she is coached by various
people. She started synchro because
her sister did it and lt now occuples
much of her life with training 3 morn-
ings, 2 lunchtimes and 5 or6 evenings
a iveek she stillfinds time for guides,
clarinet playing. hockey, reading and
Alison Maybury is a member of Reading
Royals where she is coached by John
Hawthorne and Jenny Gray. She trains
with her sister Vicky, 4 early mornings,
5 evenings and 2 afternoons a week.
ln the 1984 National Age-Groups
Alison, together with Sarah Northey
won the duet event and was a member
of the gold medal winning team.
Alison would also like to achieve a
place in the senior team and to become
National Solo Champion.
Susie, another member of Reading
Royals is coached by Margaret Manning'
Susie will be reserve for the Madrid
lnternational. Susie also started syn-
chro because her sister did it. Sisters
have a lot to answerfor! Susie trains 7
days a week and also swims for
Newbury Swimming Club. Susie has a
busy life, helping her father on the
farm, walking her dog Wiiliam and
practising her violin for her Grade 6.
Susie has gained honours in both the
under 12 and13/14 Age-GrouP com-
petitions and hopes to continue into
the Junior GB Team.
Sarah is a member of Reading Royals
and is coached by Andrea Holland.
She started in 1980 for something to
do in her spare time, but now hasn't
any spare time as synchro takes it all
Sarah was the 12 and under National
Solo and Duet winner and was 13/14
duet winner in 1984 together with
Alison Maybury. She is the southern
counties 13/14 solo winner. Sarah
lists her hobbies as reading, gymnastics, guitar, boys and discos! I thought she said she had no spare time.
10yrs & under
Samantha Luckett - Gold
Melissa Svensen, Samantha Hawthorne
17yrs & over
Sarah Hartley, Rebekah Taylor, Andrea Hughes
17yrs & over
Rebekah Taylor & Sarah Hartley - Gold
12yrs & under
Reading Royals - Gold
Competing Clubs :-
Abbey Wood SSC, Barnet Copthall, Brent Flamingoes, Cetacea, Jersey Etaile, Portsmouth Victoria, Reading Royals, Rushmoor
Samantha Luckett (4th), Melissa Svensen, Samantha Hawthorne
Rebekah Taylor, Andrea Hughes, Sarah Hartley
Photo: Luis Gago
SCASA Age Group Championships (Part 2)
20th April - St Georges
The Team travelling to the 1st Open San Isidro Sincro Competition had a 6 strong Reading contingent.
Some excerpts from the Report :-
"Team and officials had assembled at Heathrow prior to departure and many parents turned up to wish us well and take the inevitable photographs. How the girls remember their figures and routines is a complete mystery, since we managed to confuse them totally trying to get them in line for the photographs".
"We were all very impressed by the sight of the squad and Team Manager Janet Holdstock in their uniforms of red jackets sporting England badges and white dresses".
"Emma Clark made the solo final finishing 6th. Both duets made the final with the Clark/Richards (Walsall) duet finishing 6th and the Northey/Price (Barnet)duet eighth."
"Sunday's team event came and we had the England team placed somewhere between second and eighth after figures. The girls swam the routine extremely well and most of us had us in fourth place. When the results were announced us in third behind Italy and Holland, screams of delight reverberated around the pool. Union flags appeared in abundance (plucked from Dave Elson's big magic bag) and the Vockins family somehow managed to produce a flag of enormous proportions."
The team in their gear. Shame we have to make do with black and white!
Susan Richards and Emma Clark
(England) Age Group International
Madrid 24th May
Full results from the competition to the left. Great to see the music details being provided for each routine. Looks like we swam to James Last but not sure I am familiar with the German duet's number!
England Juniors VII Majorcan Open - Palma 21st-23rd June
Just one RR swimmer in the squad at this time.
Jo is a member of Reading Royals where she is coached by Andrea Holland andDoug Coker. She is a very experiencedcompetitor having won National Age-Group 12 and under solo, duet and team events and 1984 silver medalist at the
National Championships Junior
competition. She has already competed
in 2 lnternationals with the Age-Group
team and hopes to compete at Senior
level. She enjoys sewing.
Jo Seeburg had a busy time swimming solo, duet and team. Results in full over on the far right.
Team with coach Terry Dodd England deckwork
The Senior Squad travelled to Rome 14th-16th June in preparation for the Europeans 6 weeks later.
Sally Manning was RR's sole representative.
GB ranked 4th in Solo and Duet and collected Silver in Team
Competition report below
"ln the wake of the recent football troubles, the British Team were rather wary of their visit and travelled without uniforms. Special security has a,lso been arranged ahd the girls had 2 armed guards to protect them. The fears were unfounded'and the people of Rome could not have been more friendly."
GB Team Talk and (below) medal presentation
"Carolyn and Amanda were unlucky to swim after the ltalians' As the Austrian coach said to me "It is so difficult to swim after the ltalians with such a 'home' audience".
Costumes for the duets were exceptionally brief ! The French girls, both about 6 foot and beautifully slim, had pink leopard skin costumes which had sides ofabout 4 inches. They looked set for a modelling session in Cannes. The Canadians suits were even briefer with the fronts and backs joined by a 2 inch strip. Again, with such beautiful tans and slim figures they looked stunning. lt would have been interesting to see how some British referees would have reacted.
The team routines followed immediately. Great Britain swam tiheir routine very well to gain marks of 8.9 - 9.0. The climax of the competltlon though was the team routine by Canada. Their synchronisation was perfection and, together with their original patterns and movements including one girl performing a back dive off the others, they scored marks up to 9.91. Routines of this quality are such a pleasure to watch. Great Britain finished 2nd with Canada taking the gold and ltaly the bronze"
And so.... on to Sofia
Carolyn Wilson wonderfully retained her European title winning Gold in Figures and Solo and she and Amanda Dodd won Bronze in the duet. The Team finished with a silver behind France.
"The 4th Rome lnternational was held in the Piscina Coperta Foro ltalico which is a small part of an enourmous sports complex which was built by Musilini. The monument outside is the only one in ltaly to bear his name. The pool was a rather impressive building with marble seating
and marble mosaics around the walls."
GB Seniors _ European Championships - Sofia, Bulgaria 3-11th August
Courtesy : Kallipolis
"After the prelims the Team was lying in 2nd place behind the French. This meant that the French would swim last.
Finals came round, we swam, our marks were shown, our bow was taken and then the French Team. That 5 minutes was the longest 5 minutes any of us have spent, it seemed an age before the French marks were given. Unfortunately they had beaten us, feeling somewhat subdued we put on a brave smile and congratulated them.
So we brought back the Silver, we hope you're proud of us. We tried our best and I'm sure we'll be there next time fighting for that Gold."
Alison Garrett (Team Captain).
6th National Age Group Champs - Nuneaton 28/29th September
13/14yrs - Sarah Northey
15/16yrs - Emma Clark & Alison Maybury
15/16yrs - Jo Seeburg
13/14yrs - Sarah Northey
15/16yrs - Jo Seeburg
13/14yrs - Sarah Northey & Joanne Luckett
15/16yrs - Jo Seeburg & Samantha Allen
12& Under - Reading Royals
13/14yrs - Reading Royals
15/16yrs - Reading Royals
13/14yrs - Victoria Maybury
15/16yrs - Samantha Allen
13/14yrs - Joanne Luckett
12 & under - L.Wathen & L. Venners
15/16yrs - Vicky Elson & Sue Vockins
11th National Championships
Spenborough Pool, Liversedge - 1,2,3rd November
Joanne Seeburgh - 7th
Samantha Allen, Sally Manning, Andrea Hughes, Sarah Northey, Victoria Maybury,Rebekah Taylor, Vicky Elson
Solo "Helen Elkington Trophy
Joanne Seeburg - 7th
Sally Manning, Samantha Allen, Sarah Northey,Vicky Elson, Victoria Maybury
Jo Seebugh & Samantha Allen - (4th)
Jo Luckett/Sarah Northey, Emma Clark/ Alison Maybury, Sue Vockins/Vicky Elson
Team "Redwood Trophy" Reading Royals - Bronze
Gallery & other things