"We met at Heathrow at 1pm on Wednesday 10th May, well ten of us did, others decided to visit the terminals. (l wouldn't embarrass the West girls by mentioning their names!
I think we expected our hotel to be a bit nearer Paris, it was in fact about 30 minutes from the centre of Paris in Cergy Pontoise.
That evening there was a reception at the town hall where countries exchanged gifts.Whilst there we got the figure results and we learned we were lying 2nd in the team, a result that I for one had not expected.
Collette (Geier) earned a silver medal for her exciting routine swim, with her noseclip hanging off, we didn't notice and neither did the judges.
Saturday was the day, a chance for the team. We walked through in the sun while Collette and Louise trained, They watched Carolyn demonstrating her splits in the water. How
embarrassing when the coaches splits are flatter than the whole teams!
ln the duet finals Collette and Louise produced another excellent swim gaining second place to the Canadians.
Our excitement grew as time drew near for the team, the parade was lovely as the parents bought us all a red rose to carry. We swam ninth out of ten. I think we all swam our hearts out and gained another eight silver medals.
We returned home on Sunday morning and passing at a distance the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur, on the plane the captain gave us yet more champagne. We had a thoroughly enjoyable few days. Thankyou to all the coaches, Carolyn, Rosie and Caroline and to the Team Manager, Carol."