Reading Royals

Through the Year 2002

Swimmer of the Year 2001

Katie Skelton

GB Juniors were in Moscow. There were no Reading Royals swimmers in the squad at the time.

Results here

Junior European Championships - Moscow

4-7th July

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

More images below on slider, courtesy Getty Images

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



Sophie Nevin - Silver

Melanie Devoy - Bronze


Katie Austin - 5th

Grainne Shaughnessy - 6th

Jazmine Stansbury - 8th


Chloe Huggins - 6th


British Synchronised Swimming Championships - Walsall

2nd/3rd November

Free Solos

Kelly-Anne Baker - Bronze

Joanne Hooper - 9th


Free Duets

Claire Butler & Kelly-Anne Baker - Bronze


Free Teams

Reading Royals - Bronze

Technical Elements

Joanne Hooper - 4th

Kelly-Anne Baker - 6th


Technical Solos

Kelly -Anne Baker - Bronze

Joanne Hooper - 7th


Technical Teams

Reading Royals - Bronze



The SYNCHRO WORLD clickable page from January 2003

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

Winchester, December.

'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.



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