Through the Year 1995
Fina World Cup - 1st-5th August, Atlanta
See "Gallery" bottom of page.
Acknowledgement needed - GB Squad included RR's current coach Angela Boitsidis (then Davenport)
Not sure whether the theme this year was "CATS" the musical or more likey looking at the dressing, cats in general? If anyone knows and/or has the programme and any cuttings - please share.
More images (clickable)from the show on the slider right
Reading Royals Christmas Show
- Central Pool, Reading, December
Technical Team start - Atlanta
GB Duet - Karen Thompson and Collette Geier - 4th European Championships - Vienna
WE DIDN'T MAKE IT - SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
"There was more than a tinge of disappointment in Jenny's editorial in the Summer edition of Synchro World. Great Britain didn't make it to the Olympics 1996.Vast improvements had been made but they weren't enough. I was able to go and see some of their training at St Paul's School Barnes in May, and my attention was fixed. The team didn't stop, no-one complained of being tired. The teamwork was evident; Alison getting feedback from the girls; the girls putting their "all" into the work. I am reminded of Margaret Coyne's question at the time. "But is it enough?" The answer disappointingly now is, "No it wasn't.
So where do we go from here? As Jenny said, we must plan for the Olympics2000. The"we" I refer fo must mean all of us, yes even YOU in that small club in the depths of the country. lf the standard is improved in Great Britain country side, then the standard at the top will be higher."
GB Seniors 1995
Competitons included the French Open, European Championships and the FINA World Cup which doubled up as an Olympic Qualification Tournament. There were no Reading Royals' club swimmers in the senior squad.
Most important was the attempt to make it to Atlanta 1996. Sadly the girls missed out and there was more than a tinge of disappointment as a result. Laila Vakil ranked 7th in the Solo and Karen Thompson and Colette Geier 8th in Duet. The team needed a top 8 finish were just squeezed out , there being just 0.5 of a mark between the 5th place qualifiers and them in 11th.