Reading Sports Personality Awards - 25th January
A good night for the club and indeed the aquatic sports all round.
Winners line-up (clickable)
Female School Personaity of the Year - Mimi Gray
Helper/Loyalty Award - Sarah Squire, Helen Barrand, Sarah Thompson and Rebecca Blakey
Female Veteran of the Year - Angela Boitsidis and Sally
Club Person of the Year - Mila Robertson
Pride of Reading Sports Award - Jeanne Clark
Swim England National Championships - 21st/22nd April - Nottingham
Day one commenced with the Technical Solo competition with RR swimmers Teri- Faye-Cooper and Alyssa Basinger finishing 5th and 7th.
The Free Solo saw Mimi Gray take bronze and Issy Blinkhorn 9th in a large field of 20.
Solo images below.
Day one also scheduled the Combo competition - the club picking up the first of its silvers of the weekend.
Image slider below.
........ and continued with a second silver and bronze courtesy of the Duets with both Reading pairs Mimi Gray/Alyssa Basinger and Isobel Blinkhorn/Cerys Larsen finishing on the podium.
Day two started with a silver in the Technical Team............
Free Team brought the event to a close and RR were on the podium once more in Silver.
Overall a very good weekend for the club, especially considering that for over half of the squad members this was their first British Championships.
Images below 'borrowed' from other media. Thanks to Saskia Basinger, Kate Coupar and Kelly Anne Russell.
England Age Group - Primorje Cup 21st -24thJune, Rijeka, Croatia
Photo: Saskia Basinger
If its the end of June it must be Primorje Cup time! The club have 5 swimmers this year in the Age Group squad - Alyssa Basinger, Eleanor Blinkhorn, Isobel Blinkhorn, Beatrice Crass and Daisy Gunn.
Photos: Erica Moo
Competition starts on the 21 June
Age Group Duet and Team today (24/06)
24/06 Congratulations to Isobel Blinkhorn on her Solo Silver and to GB duets which finished 2nd (Walsall swimmers Robyn Swatman and Olivia Baker (Far right) and 5th (Issy and Eleanor).
Results appear not being published as the competition runs.
Issy and Eleanor Blinkhorn have made finals.
Competition this year though looks tougher with Ukraine present. They took the Free Combo by 12pts.
Congratulations to the team/whole squad on their silver in Free Team
Many thanks to England Synchro, coaches and parents for the images.
All good things...……..
GB/ European Junior Championships- Tampere, Finland
26th -30th June
The four Reading girls before leaving...…….
…...and with the rest of the squad in good spirits on their arrival in Helsinki.
Photo: Jon Taylor
Reading Royals have 4 swimmers in the squad - Mimi Gray, Cerys Larsen, Harriette Smith and Abi Taylor.
GBR Synchro kicked off today the 26th June with Tech Duet. They ranked a very good 7th with 79.6817
GBR Soloist Kate Shortman very much underlined her status as an 80+ swimmer with an 82.3333 and 6th in the Free
Also seen in the Free (27 June) the evidently talented (and bendy!) Russian swimmer Varvara Subbotina
Tech Team routine just swum - scoring 76.5742 in 9th place.
Photos: Jon Taylor
30th June - Kate Shortman heading for a top 6 finish in the Solo - with an excellent 83.1667, not far off a PB.
"And that’s a wrap, EJC has come to an end, final day was the show stopper for the team scoring 79.5 in the final team combination event, placing us 6th.
The duet did an outstanding job in the morning with a very original, technical routine, they performed the routine with determination and got a score of 81.5.
We now have a week at home before we head to Italy for more training ahead of the Junior Worlds." - Karen Thorpe
30th June - Team Free Final in Finland today this afternoon. GB girls in training -
The club sent two teams to compete, a 13 to 18 team and a 12 and under squad who were having their first swims (ex-novice) for RR. What a great venue for a debut!
Results were good. A Gold for the 13 to 18 team and a 9th of 17 for the younger squad.
Combo Cup - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Aquatics Centre - 7th July
No sooner back from Finland, the GB squad (including Harriette, Abi and Cerys) were off to Como Italy, for a training camp in preparation for Junior World's
GB/World Juniors - Budapest 18th-22nd July
Photo: Dorja Sabo
The Team events commenced 20th July with the Tech.
A tremendous achievement, improving our recent score from Junior Europeans by 2 marks, and setting a new tech team best score 78, finishing 12th overall - Karen Thorpe
Photos: Karen Thorpe
Another cracking performance on day 4 from our GB Junior team. A 12th place finish in the free team final this evening.
They swam the Tribal free team with improvement in energy and the lifts to get so close to the 80 mark, 79.7. A huge improvement from Finlands Jun Euros a few weeks ago.
"Wow, what an amazing start to our journey here in Budapest at Junior Worlds. Kate Shortman, our top GB athlete, finished 9th in both tech and free solo in a very strong field of talented synchro swimmers.With scores of 83 in both events, she showed finesse, height and captivated the audience in both routines.
Well what can I say, summary of the day, 10th in the world in tech and free duet! Scoring 81 in tech, a big improvement from Junior Europeans a few weeks ago and so was the free duet final score 82.9 this evening, a new best!"
Karen Thorpe after the
Solo and Duet swims
And that’s a wrap folks... day 5 brought a fantastic 9th place finish in Combo, after Mexico were disqualified for only having 9 athletes....
A new best score of 80.333, which showed a small improvement from the morning but a huge one from Junior Europeans.
During training the coaches have worked on sharpness and accuracy, lifts and patterns, the focus in these areas was the key to the improvements, which helped see us reach every final. We fly back for a few days rest and then return to training camp to prepare for the senior Europeans in Glasgow, it’s a busy season but we are raring to go 🇬🇧 (after a few days rest!!!)
- KAREN THORPE
Mediteranean Cup - Seville 26th-29th July
First day's competition was Duet. This was swum by Walsall Club pairing Olivia Baker and Robin Swatman who finished 10th with a 69pt score close to qualifying for the final
Four Reading Royal swimmers, Daisy, Ele, Issy and Alyssa in the squad for the trip to sunny Seville.
Day 2 - Team Preliminary. The team shared a pool with the great Gemma Menguel who took part in an exhibition mixed duet, pre competition.
Free Team Routine brought a 12th place finish and as with the duet, whereas normally this would be good enogh to make the final, COMEN rules allow only 4 non Mediterranean countries to go through to the final 12.
Images: La Liga4sports
European Championships Glasgow 2nd - 6th August
Abi Taylor, Cerys Larsen and Harriette Smith travelled in the squad
Day 1 - commenced with the Free Team Preliminary and GB securing a place in the Final with a 78pt swim
Team also ranked 9th in Tech and Free at the 78.0 and 78.9 mark but scored 81.3 in the Combo to finish 7th.
And so to the gala...…..
Duet Tech brought a 10th place ranking for Kate Shortman and Isobel Thorpe and an 11th placing in the Free (82pt).
Kate Shortman's Solo was ranked 9th in both the Tech and Free with the Free mark in particular impressing.
"What a week! Very pleased with our results especially after such a busy season and such a young team, the SE reports... a special shout-out to Kate who did so well to achieve a great solo result in the final event 84.7" - Team Manager KAREN THORPE
For reports on the swims go HERE
Well done to all at GB but in particular to the three Reading girls Abi, Cerys and Harriette. This was their turn in the spotlight and they handled it well.
Looks like it was enjoyed by all - more images below.
Masters - European Championships - Kamnik, Slovenia 4th-8th Sept
Sally Robinson swam Solo for Reading Royals finishing 5th in Tech and picking up a silver in Free
South East Combo
Crawley - 22nd Sept
Reading Royals had two teams swimming and both brought back medals.
The 12&under Combination Team coached by Angela Boitsidis and Carla Sanders took gold...…….
There was too 'Figure' success for Charlie Razzell and Alice Broomfield who made the podium with silver and gold respectively (13-15yrs) and a silver for Tara Evans in the 15-18yrs
The 13-18 Team coached by Katie Clark, Ana Dakovic and Aine Razzell took bronze.
Some low resolution mages from the day below. Apologies to 12 & U squad for lack of images of their swim.
K2 Crawley - November 10th
Abi Taylor 4th
Isobel Blinkhorn 5th
Alyssa Basinger 6th
Harriette Smith 7th
Cerys Larsen 8th
Teri Faye Cooper 10th
12&under (top 10 or top RR)
Florence Blinkhorn 5th
Sofia Dakovic 9th
Louisa Horlock 11th
Tara Dakovic 2nd
Eleanor Blinkhorn 3rd
Bearrice Crass 4th
Alex Thickett 8th
Maddy Brown 10th
Florence Blinkhorn 4th
Eleanor Blinkhorn 2nd
Tara Dakovic 3rd
Isobel Blinkhorn 3rd
Beatrice Crass &
Eleanor Blinkhorn 1st
Alex Thickett &
Lottie Moghul 4th
Cerys Larsen & 2nd
13/15yrs 2nd & 4th
More images from the day below...…….
National Age Group Championships Gloucester GL1 23/24th November
Victoria Usher Bronze
Abigail Taylor 7th
Isobel Blinkhorn 12th
Tara Dakovic 4th
Eleanor Blinkhorn 5th
Alexandra Thickett 11th
Florence Blinkhorn 4th
Eleanor Blinkhorn 4th
Tara Dakovic 5th
Beatrice Crass 9th
Isobel Blinkhorn 8th
Eleanor Blinkhorn & Beatrice Crass Silver
Alexandra Thickett & Lottie Mogul 5th
Isobel Blinkhorn & Cerys Larsen Bronze
13-15yrs ( 2 teams) Gold & Silver
Swim England Full Results
Figures (top ten or RR top 3)
12 & under
Florence Blinkhorn 7th
Sofia Dakovic 15th
Louisa Horlock 30th
Image: 11th December 2018
Following the closure of Central Pool the club's Christmas Show took place at the Garrison, Aldershot - there being no suitable replacement facility in Reading.
Christmas Show - Garrison, Aldershot
A 50 mile round trip meant that we were missing a few old faces - but the show goes on!
Welcome to the 2018 Reading Royals' Christmas Display As you will all no doubt be aware, Central Pool has been demolished and we have had to relocate for the annual showcasing of our achieve-ments out of Reading. This year is a display rather than a show due to the major changes there have been to the domestic competition pro-gramme for 2019. We are working hard to encourage the Council to provide us with a suitable replacement but whatever the result of our campaign, there will unfortunately be no pool in Reading for us for some years ahead. Despite the considerable challenges following the closure of Central Pool, our swimmers have had a busy and successful year competing in domestic and International competitions, and have just returned from National Age Groups where we were very successful with all teams reaching the podium. I would like to thank all the coaches and other volunteers who make the club the success it continues to be by dedicating many hours every week poolside or behind the scenes. We always need more help so if you are interested please speak to any of the coaches or committee members. On behalf of Reading Royals I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and continuing success for our swimmers in 2019
Jeanne Clark - RRSSC President
Images from the display will follow in the new year. Meantime images from the program of the squads/club swimmers.
Team(random order): Elodie, Eva, Amy, Valentina, Flo, Emily, Natasha, Libby, Mulan, Naelle