Berks & Bucks County Champs
Bracknell - Feb 7th
SANDRA JACK took gold in the figures section of the senior championships as Reading Royals picked up a massive haul of medals of the Berks and South Bucks County Championships and Grade Four Synchronised Swimming Competition at Bracknell Sports Centre last Saturday. Jack was joined on the podium by Siobhan Goodchild who took bronze. Helen Morris took gold for figures in the junior championship and also achieved overall silver for her figure results in the senior competi-tion. Katie Austin won silver in the junior figures section with Grainne Shaughnessey taking bronze. In the grade four competition Isobel Hale took gold in the figure section with Victoria Willis winning the silver. In the grade four and championship competition the girls were challenged with Kip Twist Spin (2.5), Walk Over Back Closing 360 (2.6), Flamingo Bent Knee Spinning 180 (2.5) and Aurora (2.5). And Jack's confident and well-controlled figures made her a clear winner in the senior championships. Morris was second with Siobhan Goodchild taking bronze.
Morris put in an equally strong and confident per formance to earn her top spot in the junior competi-tion, ahead of Austin and Shaughnessey. In the grade four competition, Hale's care-fully performed figures gave her first position ahead of Willis. Shaughnessey's elegant and stylish performance gave her the overall gold in both the senior and junior sections of the solo championships. Melanie DeVoy took sil-ver in both both the junior and senior championships) with her excellent swim to music from the film "Mummy". Excellent Her routine demonstrat-ed strong confident moves and excellent flexibility. Morris took the bronze medal in both senior and junior championships with a graceful performance to music from "Rough Guide
To The Andes". In the championships duets Goodchild and Sarah Hale took gold with a strong and artistic duet to music from "Lord of the Rings". Jenny Gooding and Sian Marie Kent were in the silver medal position. They swam a fast and lively routine to music with a science fiction theme.
XIV Comen Cup - Egypt
FIVE girls from Reading Royals were selected to represent England in Egypt in August.
The girls – Rebecca Davies, Helen Morris, Jazmine Stansbury, Grainne Shaughnessy and Melanie DeVoy.
Clickables : image right is the Synchro World extract Aug 2004
The team finished 8th in the Free.
Carla Sanders - Bronze
Carla Sanders & Sandra Jack - Bronze
ASA 12th National Masters
Carla Sanders - Gold
Carla Sanders & Sandra Jack - Silver
ASA National Age Groups
Wigan International Pool - 25/26 September
Some images from the day
"In the 13/14 age group the swimmers that were part of the ASA Youth Team have clearly benefited from the training camps and competition experience. While this is a positive step, there is a gap apperaing between these swimmers and the rest of the age group. Melanie Devoy is looking strong with good leg extension and flexibility.
Another gap has been created in the 15-17 age group where Hanney Massey and Jenna Randall have benefited from international experince of competing in the World events this year. Unfortunately GB do not have the funds to provide this type of training for the majority of swimmers, however we can look much harder at what is being done in the clubs to try and bridge that gap"
Adele Carlsen GB Tech Director) for SYNCHRO WORLD
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
Christmas Show -
Central Pool, Reading 5th December
Some images from the two shows on the day
Katie Austin, Katie Skelton,, Rebecca Davies, Francesca Feast, Jenny Godding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Jazmine Stansbury
Katie Austin, Katie Skelton, Rebecca Davies, Jenny Godding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Grainne Shaughnessy, Jazmine Stansbury
Helen Alderson, Katie Austin, Rebecca Davies, Francesca Feast, Jenny Goidding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Grainne Shaughnessy, Katie Skelton, Jazmine Stansbury
Gillian Cosh, Melanie DeVoy, Vicky Eaton, Holly Gurr, Alex Harris, Ava Pierro,
Rebecca Bates, Katie Clark, Victoria Harris, Kristina Holley, Emily Holmes, Rebecca King, Tom Morris, Krista Pierro, Megan Rothery, Hannh Rush, Megan Waldron
Charlotte Adams, Elizabeth Biggs, Jessica Brown, Tianee Buckley, Lucy Farrell, Hannah Fishwick, Elizabeth Hamilton, Nea Hannula, Maisie James, Kirsty Menzies, Lily Ryan, Jade Savage, Jennifer Taylor, Phillipa Thompson, Chloe Thorne, Alison Thurgood
Not sure who's the more scary?