"We always moan when it's sunny for a synchro event, but for once I was glad of it, for the Junior World Championships was held in an outdoor pool adjacent to the beach in Salerno, Southern Italy. The setting was superb and for Great Britain, the results were the most exciting for many a year.
We waited for Laila to swim her routine during solo training. I had promised to video it. At the allotted time, I placed myself up in judges chair, Laila started and the heavens opened. I hid under the sun umbrella which was being blown in the storm. Rosy Surch the coach, sat diligently out in the rain and Laila kept swimming. We were hardly able to see her through the rain drops and at the end they abandoned training and I felt abandoned, unable to emerge from the umbrella with the video camera. I was eventually rescued and the recording was helpful.