"The three of us, along with Team manager Janet Holdstock and Judges Jenny Gray and Elizabeth Bowman met up a Heathrow Airport to set off on the most important competition of our lives.
On arrival at our 5 star hotel on the beach we found we had our first training session within an hour, to the sound of Katie saying "but we haven't had any lunch yet"!
The outdoor 50m pool rsembled a building site - diving boards unfinished, no starting platform etc, but with training going well, over the next few days it was beginning to look like an international venue with carpets being laid, platforms set up and flags raised.
The Solo Final was exciting. Katie swam even better than the prelims, confirming her 8th position. One of our personal favourites was the Spanish soloist Gemma Menguel whos showed tremendous height, strength, flexibility and emotion in her performance. She finished in 5th place not far behind the Greek (coached by a Russian) and the Italian soloist(also coached by a Russian).
Our third 5.45am start began the third day of competition.We were very nervous and this was Duet Prelim and Finals day.We were unable to improve on our prelim 9th in the final even after swimming closer and with better synchronisation. We swam the best we could but were gutted not to make the top 8, as this was the criterion set for us by the GB Olympic Committee to qualify to travel to the Sydney Olympic trials. All three of us were absolutely crushed that we had not achieved our dream of competing in the 2000 Olympic Games and the night was an emotional end to the day.
The three of us would like to especially thank our parents, as without their love, support and hard work we would never have made it this far!"
Gayle Adamson, Katie Hooper, Fiona Haworth - writing for SYNCHRO WORLD