A message from our President.
.......This year the ASA synchro technical committee decided to send an age group squad to compete in the Comen Synchro Cup, Egypt where the GB team were placed 8th. Five swimmers from. Reading Royals took part in this competition namely Jazmine Stansbury (team. captain), Helen Morris, Melanie DeVoy, Grainne Shaughnessy & Rebecca Davies - congratulations to all of you.
At national competitions this year our results were mixed but well done to Melanie DeVoy awd the 12 and under team gaining gold medals and Katie Skelton and Katie Austin on winning bronze in the duet competition. Congratulations to Tom Morris for being the first boy to compete at a national event in synchro as part of the 12 and under team. At the national, Masters competitions Carla Sanders won gold and Carla with her partner Sandra Jack won silver.
The club was more successful in this year's SCASA competitions winning a gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals and at the Bucks & Berks, competitions Grainne Shaughnessy was the overall county champion. Another first was achieved when Iain Godding won the Dudding Cup - the first boy to win an individual synchro trophy at our B & SB competitions. The club was very successful at the Potters Bar competitions where the swimmers departed with most of the medals.
Thanks must go to Jean Hulbert for organising Level 1 and Level 2 teacher courses, which meows we have significantly increased the number and quality of our coaches. We as a club are grateful to all the coaches/choreographers, officials and helpers who continue to give so generously of their time - thank you.
In 2005 there will be many changes as the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan comes into force. This will be an exciting time for synchro as we all hope that this will enable synchronised swimming in Britain to start making come back on the international scene. If anyone wants more information on the LTAD plan, please ask any committee member.
As one of the top clubs in the country we weed the help and support of our parents to maintain our standards. If any wew parent would like to help in any please ask a committee member. PAT JACK - President RRSSC