"When reminded that it is customary for the President to write a few words for the Christmas Show programme I immediately went scurrying for previous programmes to get some idea of earlier contents. This brought back many happy memories, particularly the pamphlet of the history of Reading Royals produced by Jon Hooper for our 25th Anniversary. The club was formed in 1969 and held their first Christmas Show in 1970 -so welcome to our 31st Christmas Show."
Congratulations to Katie and Jo Hooper, Kelly-Anne Baker, Claire Butler, Carla Sanders, Kirsty Johnson, Chloe Huggins, Tiffany Wise, Katie Skelton, Rachel Broadhead, Katie Austin ,Grainne Shaughnessy and Helen Morris for their medal winning performances at National and District level competitions. Special congratulations to Katie Hooper for being awarded the Holland Trophy for being the swimmer with the highest combined routine score at the Nationals. Well done to our Age Group teams at Sheffield winning Gold at 12/U and Bronze for 13/ 14 and 15/17 teams.
At our Berks & S. Bucks competitions Katie Hooper is our overall County Champion and Chloe Huggins our junior champion with congratulations to Kirsty Johnson, Katie Skelton, Tiffany Wise, Natalie Thompson, Sian Kent, Jazmine Stansbury amd the Novice 1 team for their Gold medal winning routines. A special mention must be made of our youngest swimmers who have achieved great success at Rushmoor, Potters Bar ,Ealing, Portsmouth and our own competitions. Well done Amy Russell, Eleanor Whittle, Holly Gurr, Victoria Willis, Alex Leary, Katie Minien,Hazel Burns, Grace Waldron, Amy Caldwell, Becky Thompson and Amy Robertson.
As can be seen from our record of achievement this year we continue to be a very successfulll club ands we have only managed to maintain this success because of the tremendous hard work of our coaches and choreographers and so on behalf of the committee and the swimmers -THANK-YOU. I would also like to thank the various committees for all their hard work because without you the club would not be managed so successfully. My only disappointment this year is the lack of senior GB competitions and I hope, for the swimmers sake, that this is rectified in future.
Pat Jack President Reading Royals SSC