A message from our President
Welcome to our Christmas show and thank you all for coming. This year has been a special one for Reading Royals as the Club celebrated its 40th anniversary. There was an official celebration in September, which was a very well organised and at-tended event that brought together Club members past and present and a good time was had by all. It was really lovely to see everybody.
On this occasion I would like to share with you some snippets from the time it all started: The first Club session was held at the Arthur Hill Pool on 14th September 1969 and was opened by Jenny Robb, a GB diver, whom we all know now as Jenny Gray; Royals was added to Club's name in October 1970, apparently before the football team adopted it; The first junior member was Heather Reeve, who as Heather Rothery is still active in the Club as parent, coach and committee member; The first Christmas show was held on 19th December 1970.
Since then the Club has become one of the most successful clubs in the country, producing members of senior GB teams, junior teams and age group squads, including medallists. This year we have three swimmers training full time in Alder-shot. Katie Skelton and Jazmine Stansbury — seniors and Katie Clark who is still a junior. We wish them success in their coming competitions and training. Also this year Katie Clark and Harriet Roberts were members of the junior GB team and Beki King, Hannah Green and Katie Clark competed at the Comen Cup for England in Serbia. Well done girls!
But apart from consistently producing top swimmers the Club is also a good base for anybody who enjoys synchro and wants to improve, be it novice, recreational or age group swimmer.
This all would not be possible without the hard work and expertise of our Head Coach Di Hughes, Chief Choreographer Kate Coupar and their dedicated team of coaches and choreographers who, supported by committee and parents, make sure that the Club is the place where swimmers enjoy synchro, improve their skills and fitness and achieve their goals. Our thanks go to them all.
Enjoy the show! Mila Robertson, President Reading Royals, SSC.