1991

Southern Counties Age Groups

- Atherton Centre, Stratford

16th March

Figures

13/14yrs - Samantha Luckett - Gold

15/16yrs - Linda Macrae - Bronze

 

 

Solos

13/14yrs - Samantha Luckett - Gold

15/16yrs - Linda Macrae - Bronze

 

 

Duets

13/14yrs - Helen Evans/Rachel Moorhouse(5th) >

Teams

13/14yrs - Reading Royals Silver

15/16yrs - Reading Royals Silver

Synchro World Competition

Wolverhampton - 4th May

 

 

Reading Royals were competing against Hounslow Boro, Bristol Central and Bexley and ran out winners for the third consecutive year.

Solo

Junior - 2. Linda Macrae

Senior - 3. Louise Rutter

Team

Junior - 1. Reading Royals

Senior - 3. Reading Royals

 

Duet

Novice - 1. Katie Hooper/Emily Duerden

Junior - 2. Rowena Grainger/Nicola Robertson

Senior - 3. Sarah Marie Northey/Louise Rutter

Winning Squad

Figures

12&U - Katie Hooper - Gold

Kelly Wise - Bronze

Emily Duerden(10th)

 

13/14yrs - Sam Luckett - Gold

Karen Clarkson(5th)

 

15/16yrs - Linda Macrae(4th)

Solo

12&U - Katie Hooper - Gold

Kelly Wise - Silver

 

 

13/14yrs - Sam Luckett - Gold

Karen Clarkson (7th)

Victoria Saltmer

 

15/16yrs - Linda Macrae(4th)

National Age Groups - Kingsmead Baths, Canterbury

28th September

Duet

12&U - Katie Hooper/Kelly Wise - Gold

13/14yrs - Helen Evans/Rachel Moorhouse(5th)

15/16yrs - Kim-Lin Hooper/A.White(6th)

Team

12&U - Reading Royals - Gold

13/14yrs - Reading Royals - Silver

15/16yrs - Reading Royals - Silver

National Championships

Wigan

1991 goes down as not one of the best 'Nationals' for the club. No medals and no Reading swimmers noted as reaching the Solo or Duet finals.

There was no Reading Royal participation in this inaugural Masters but it is of course nonetheless a noteworthy event, made no less so by Jenny's recall that hot Bovril was served at events in bygone times. Included here is an excerpt from her report from 1991 and before and after photographs of the baths spanning 45 years.

The baths appear to have been renovated to reopen in 2010 (reportedly with a spend of £25m). This is very pertinent at the present time of writing - where our club finds itself 'homeless' following closures made by Reading Councillors.

"The event was held at Marshall Street Baths which is a London pool tucked in around the back of Carnaby Street. The pool brought back many memories of the first Southern Counties competition, the first National trials, the first National competition, and the pool where the San Francisco Marionettes showed us what Synchro was really about and where they presented the Redwood Trophy to the ASA. The pool had changed little although the diving boards, where I can still remember June Connelly starting her solo with a foward 11/2 somersualts piked from the 5 metre board have long gone. Otherwise, I could almost smell the hot bovril which was always served in the corridor at events. That will bring back a few memories". J.G

1965 (with the diving boards) 2010 (without the spectator gallery)

 

Images:BBC

1st Synchro Masters -

Marshall Street Baths, Soho - 30th November

Gallery & Other things

Laila Vakil - GB's FIRST EVER GOLD MEDAL WINNER at WORLD LEVEL in Synchro. The medal was won in Salerno, Italy at Junior World's. Leila, who swam for Rushmoor at club level, also finished in second place on the Solo.

In the competition itself Laila swam a beautiful, very difficult routine, but unfortunately was beaten into 2nd place, by yes you've guessed, the Japanese. Their soloist was exceptional and well deserved her success. We were looking forward to the National Anthem being played, but had to make do with the Union Jack on the 2nd place flag pole. It was a superb performance from an excellent competitor who knew what she wanted to do and did everything possible to achieve her goal. We were certainly very proud of her". JENNY GRAY

"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.

 

 

1. Natalie Waring receives her SOTM prize from club captain Louise Rutter (left) and then club chairman Ken Macrae. 19/04/1991

Some 1991 RR 'SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH' here -all at Central. (Clickable)

4. Undated - but same presenters with SOTM Natalie Dunn.

6. 14/05/1991."Sarah Northey with coach Kris Harley at Arthur Hill Swimming Pool".

2. Louise Rutter & Alan Porton from the Reading Chronicle present prizes to SOTM Emily Duerden.

18/10/1991.

 

 

 

 

3. Ditto - this time recipient is Vicki Saltmer

5. Louise with 'unknown' swimmers 22/11/1991.

 

 

Please let us know if you can identify the swimmers in photo 5.

 

Pertinent to say here too - what a wonderful supporter Alan Porton has been over the years.

Gallery & Other things

Siobhan Goodchild & Rachel Watmore on the podium for 3rd at the ESSA National Schools Championships competition (Duet) The RR pair were swimming for Highdown School, Reading.

GB Seniors Duet at the French Open)left). Caroline Slssingar and Abi Moore of Reading Royals and the pair again (right) with other squad member Kerry Hussey. Duet girls in their Free costumes.

Reading Royals A-Team taken in April 2001

 

Jo Hooper, Jen Murtagh, Katie Ford, Abi Moore, Katie Hooper

Chloe Huggins, Kelly-Anne Wise, Claire Butler