GB Juniors were in Moscow. There were no Reading Royals swimmers in the squad at the time.
Junior European Championships - Moscow
XVII Commonwealthe Games - Manchester 27th July - 4th August
A squad of three swimmers were selected for the Games to swim Solo and Duet (no teams at Commonwealths). The three included Katie Hooper from RR, selected to swim the duet with Gateshead's Gayle Adamson.
The Mersey Sound will come to Manchester when the England Synchronised Swimming duet take to the water on 27 July.
Gayle Adamson and Katie Hooper will perform to the strains of The Beatles’ sixties hit Help as they challenge the Canadians and Australians in the race for the gold medal.
“We wanted something English and lively,” said coach Adele Carlsen, a member of England’s bronze medal squad at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games four years ago. “And what better than the Beatles?”
Carlsen is confident the English pair will mount a serious challenge. “The Canadians are ranked three or four in the world, so they will start as favourites. But the Australians just pipped us in KL and we are looking to beat them this time.”And the England coach is convinced the competition will give spectators at the Manchester Aquatics Centre an opportunity to see for themselves what the sport is all about.
“People take the mickey out of synchronised swimming because they think it looks easy,” said Carlsen. “It’s very frustrating. But once they come and see for themselves what’s involved, they soon change their mind.“The swimmers train in the water for six hours a day and do a couple of hours’ land training as well. You won’t find many athletes with a workload like that.But we’ve been an Olympic sport since 1984 and this will be the fifth time we’ve been included in the Commonwealth Games, so I think people are gradually starting to take the sport more seriously,” she said.
HEAD COACH - Adele Carlsen to the BBC 27 July 2002
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Katie and Gayle won silver with an 88.17 mark splitting the Canadian and Australian pairs.
'Everyone who was at the Commonwealth Games could not help but to be enthused by the brilliant performances by Gayle Adamson, Katie Hooper and although she didn't swim Kerry Hussey. Being the reserve is always a very difficult job. We had all hoped for medals and I thought they could get silver. They swam brilliantly and must be delighted with the result. Congratulations must also go to Adele Carlsen, the coach, who has embraced changes in choreographical style and woven them into the routine.' - Jennifer Gray
Southern Counties Age Groups - Crawley
11/12yrs - Sophie Nevin - 4th
Melanie Devoy - 5th
13/14yrs - Katie Austin - Bronze
15/16/ 17yrs - Chloe Huggins - Bronze
18 & Over - Kate Coupar - Gold >
Carla Sanders - Silver
Sandra Jack - Bronze
11/12yrs - Sophie Nevin - Bronze >
- Melanie Devoy - 4th
13/14yrs - Katie Austin - Silver
15/16/17yrs - Chloe Huggins - Bronze
18 & Over - Kate Coupar - Gold
- Carla Sanders - Silver
- Laura Tyler - 4th
12&Under - RR - Gold
13/14yrs - Silver
15/16/17 - Silver
18 & Over - Gold
12&under Sophie Nevin & Melanie Devoy - Silver >
Isobel Hale & Laura Wise - 4th
13/14yrs Jazmine Stansbury & Rebecca Davies - 4th
Helen Morris & Grainne Shaughnessy - 5th
15/16/17yrs Siobhan Goodchild & Sarah Hale - 4th
Rachel Broadhead & Katie Skelton - 5th
18&Over Tracy Butler & Kate Coupar - Gold >
Sandra Jack & Carla Sanders - Silver
National Age Groups Bristol 28th/29th September
Sophie Nevin - Bronze
Melanie Devoy - 5th
Katie Austin - 5th
Grainne Shaughnessy - 6th
Rebecca Davies - 8th
Chloe Huggins - 5th
Sophie Nevin & Melanie Devoy - Bronze
Rebecca Davies & Jazmine Stansbury - Bronze
Helen Morris & Grainne Shaughnessy - 6th
Rachel Broadhead & Katie Skelton - 4th
Siobhan Goodchild & Sarah Hale - 6th
12&under Reading Royals - Bronze
13/14yrs - Gold
15/16/17yrs - Bronze
British Synchronised Swimming Championships - Walsall
Kelly-Anne Baker - Bronze
Joanne Hooper - 9th
Claire Butler & Kelly-Anne Baker - Bronze
Reading Royals - Bronze
Joanne Hooper - 4th
Kelly-Anne Baker - 6th
Kelly -Anne Baker - Bronze
Joanne Hooper - 7th
Reading Royals - Bronze
The Flanders Synchro Open is an international synchronized swimming competition for 13 years old and younger. The Flanders Synchro Open was organized for the first time in 1992 and has been organized since that time annually by vzw Olumpia Kortrijk.
11th Flanders Synchro Open - Kortrijk, Belgium - 28th November
Royals' swimmers found themselves competing against the Russian and Hungarian national teams and still managed to rank 8th overall.
Melanie Devoy swam solo and Katie Minion and Eleanor Whittle, duet.
Team were:- Melanie Devoy, Eleanor Whittle, Holly Gurr, Ava Piero, Vicky Willis, Isobel Hale, Jemma Leadley, Katie Minion and Alex Harris.
RR Christmas Show
Central Pool - 10th December
Two seperate shows themed "A Winter's Tale" and choreographed by Diana Singh and Kate Coupar saw performances from each of the medal winners from the current years well as the mens team. The latter was choreographed by Carla Dalton-Sanders (see right).
Awards made were to Bene Watmore (Coach of the Year and Kate Coupar (Choreographer of the Year).
England Junior Squad Selection
'Training began the day after the trials......and we learnt how to use medicine balls for developing our core strength. We have got more used to them now but after our first med ball session we were very stiff, I know that Hannah (Massey - Bristol Central) and I found it difficult to walk down stairs for the next week.
This year we will only have 6 training camps/weekends before the Loano Syncro Cup in Italy where we are competing at the end of April. This is due to lack of fundraising for Synchronized Swimming. Fundraisers have been working hard to raise money for our training and travel and have set up th "Synchro 100 Club which is going well. The ultimate goal is to raise enough money to send the the squad to Junior Europeans in Andorra in August.
Although we have not had much time training together,we have all been training hard and keeping in contact by email and sending videos off to Jenny (Gray) and Adele(Carlsen) who give us our corrections by post.'
Squad member Helen Condon - in SYNCHRO WORLD
The squad for 2003 was selected at trials in Winchester. The 10 swimmers included RR's Katie Skelton and Chloe Huggins with Kate Coupar as assistant coach.