"Arrived at Heathrow Park Hotel where we were going to be issued with additional items to take away with us. The speed swimmers were given their full 'kit' but unfortunately we were not given the GB training costumes that we had been promised, so we only had one wearable costume for 10 days swimming
On the way to training everyone searched for a McDonalds.
The pool was so cold that during our three-hour training session we kept
having to run out every half-an-hour for a hot shower.
First member of the team injured (Jo's hip).
We met some of the other teams at the hotel - the French had masses of team clothing which we were all anxious to swap at a later date. (They weren't so keen !)Second member of team injured (Vicky's earache).
Third member of the team ill(Angela)
It poured with rain all day. Sam was the only sensible person brave enough to wear her plastic wet suit trousers everyone in the town must have thought she looked really mega-trendy, because they couldn't stop staring at her!
The day of the figure competition.The physiotherapist came with us to soothe away all the aches and Pains incurred from contorting our bodies into weird positions. She had not realised before just how supple synchro
swimmers have to be. The Russians showed this perfectly by doing back
bends and holding 'crab' positions on the land endlessly just to warm up.
4th member of the team ill (me).
Jo Preston's hip had been hurting all week, but after swimming the team she was in such agony that she couldn't move, so the doctor was called. lt was then diagnosed that she had suspected appendicitis and she was rushed to the British Military Hospital where herappendix was removed soon afterwards." SOPHIE LLOYD - Team Captain