SEQUINS ARE BACK ! ! !
Well, back on the cover of the new Handbook anyway. But two years
on perhaps ifs time to take a fresh look at the subject.
The decision not to have sequins was taken on the basis of cleaning
up the image of our sport, to make it more athletic and less glitzy and
therefore more acceptable to the world as a serious sport. So the only
criteria that can be applied is "Has that aim succeeded?" I have to say that
the answer is a resounding "NO"!
England is the on]y country to go out on a limb and ban sequins
unilaterally, but we are like a Conga without a Conga line. Nobody has
followed our lead, and we are out on our own. At all the lnternational
competitions in which England and Great Britain have taken part since the
ban, sequins were and still are in abundance.
So what have we lost and what have we gained? The idea in the first
place was presumably to demonstrate to the world how sporty we had
become, but I argued at the time that since the only people watching the
maiority of synchro competitions were parents and friends, our stand was
rather lost on the media, who are only interested in our Nationals, and not
The ban itself has caused a great deal of controversy as Referees and
Clerks of the Course struggled to interpret the new regulations and, in my
opinion, the "Sparkle" has gone out of our sport in more ways than one.
CORRESPONDENT - Synchro World