Reading Royals

Through the Years 1980-1982

(First) National Age Group Competition - Nuneaton, October 1980


12&U  Duet

Joanne Seeburg & Phillipa Pascoe

12&U  Reading Royals Team


13-14yrs RR Team

15-16yrs  RRTeam

EVENING POST Thursday, October 2, 1980 SWIMMING

THE Reading Royals have emerged as the second best synchronised swimming club in the country following the first national age-group championships in Nuneaton. They picked up gold medals in the 12 and under duet and team events as well as silver medals in the 14 and under and 16 and under team competi-tions. The team that beat them for first place were neighbours and rivals,. Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club, from Aldershot, who picked up four golds in the senior levels. Joanne Seeburg and Phillipa Pascoe picked up the duet gold for Reading and Joanne was just half a point out of 88) away from winning the solo bronze medal.

Apart from Joanne and Phillipa the team that won the gold medal was: Andrea Hughes, Nicola Wilson, Sarah Hartley, Susy Vockins, Joanne Luckett and Victoria Elson. The 14 and under team that came second was: Helen Pierce, Kristina Cornish, Karen Geisler, Jane Daniels, Nicola Sutton, Karen Bennet, Yvonne Townsend and Joanne Hanson. In the 16 and under category Reading's silver-medal winning team was: Sarah Lewis. Diana Wallace, Mandy Coker, Sally Manning, Karen Moore, Heather Reeve, Louise Vockins, and Amanda Flight. The club's choreographer Branda Holland was particularly pleased with the team gold in the youngest category because the eight competitors included threegirls who were just nine years old.

Twenty six girls from the Reading Royals' Synchronised Swimming club recently entered the first National Age Group championships held in Nuneaton with 162 competitors taking part from various parts of the country. In the 12 and under category, the Royals did extremely well  becoming National champions in both  the duet and team events. The duelists were Joanne Seeburg and Philippa Pascoe who have been the Southern County Duet champions for the past three years. The girls were joined by Andrea Hughes, Nicola Wilson, Sarah Hartley, Susie Vockins, Joanne Luckett and Victoria Elson to form Elson the team, winning by a seven point margin ahead of their neatest rivals. Both the 13 and 14 and the 15 and 16 age group teams achieved silver medals. The teams were, Under 13 and 14. (Helen Pierce, Kristina Cornish , Jane Daniels, Nicola Sutton, Karen Bennett, Yvonne Townsend, Joanne Hanson. Under15 and 16, Sarah Lewis, Diana Walker, Mandy Coker, Sally Manning ., Karen Moore, Heather Reeve, Louise Vockins,  Amanda Flight.  Reserves were Patricia Hawthorne and Kim Wright.

Chronicle, October 17. 1980

12&Under Team

Swap Shop, White City Pool, London, November 1980

Following their "gold" at Nationals the 12 & unders had an appointment with Swap Shop's Keith Chegwin.

No footage of the programme itself but the Noel Edmonds anchored show started at 09.30 and is remembered below. Click the clock

Back row from Left

Philippa Pascoe, Andrea Hughes, Sarah Hartley, Nicola Wilson

Front from left

Susie Vockins, Joanne Luckett, Vicky Elson, Joanne Seeburg


Coach Brenda Holland. At White City Pool London - Keith Chegwin was presenting this and interviewed Brenda as we swam

Berks & Bucks 1981, at Reading Central

Southern Counties 1981, St Georges, Stepney

THE Southern Counties ASA Synchronised Swimming Championships were held at St Georges Baths, Stepney on Saturday. The Reading Royals A team routine came second and silver medals were presented to Sarah Lewis, Sally Manning, Katherine Russell, Heather Reeve, Karen Moore, Amanda Flight and Tina Cornish. Karen and Sarah came fourth in the Duet section, Sally and Amanda ninth and Pat and her duet partner Jane Daniels were 10th. The team are now working hard for the National Synchronised Swimming Championships to be held early in November in Leicester. Reading Royals also entered a B team and they came a creditable fifth and comprised Jane Daniels, Sarah Hartley, Philippa Pascoe, Joanne Seeburg, Nicola Sutton, Yvonne Townsend and Kim Wright.


THE Berks and South Bucks Amateur Swimming Association held their annual Synchronised Swimming Senior and Junior Figure and Solo Championships and Intermediate and Novices Com-petition at Reading Central Pool on Saturday. girls from five different clubs took part and the County President Mrs V Lewis presented the trophies, medals and pennants. In the Senior Champion-ships 23-year-old Andrea Holland came first in both the solo and figure sections and 17-year-old Sarah Lewis, in her first competition as a senior, came third in each section. Both girls are members of Reading Royals. The silver medals for figure and solo went to 19-year-old Philippa Sutton, a member of Reading Academy and current captain of the GB team. The Junior Championships medallists are all members of the Reading Royals and 15-year-old Sally Manning won the Figure and Solo section. Second in the figures was 15-year-old Pat Hawthorne and third 14-year-old Kim Wright. In the solo, 14-year-old Kristina Cornish came second and 12-year-old Joanne Seeburg third. By far the largest entry was in the Novices Competition and 11-year-old Samantha Allen won, with another 11-year-old in second place, Victoria Elson, and 15-year-old Bryony McCombe was in third place. The Intermediate competition was held for the first time this year and Mr D Elson presented a Challenge Trophy to the County to be awarded to the gold medallist in this section and this was 13-year-old Andrea Hughes, salver went to 13-year-old Rebekah both Reading Royals and third place went to 14 year old Anita Hedges from Reading Academy.

GB Juniors 1981/82

KRISTINA (CORNISH) and friend selected for GB Juniors (Kristina that is!.....)

Reading Evening Post via BNA

"has been selected for one of the two Great Britain Junior squads and will travel to France and Austia in international competition next year".

National Championships and National Age Groups 1981

Chronicle, Friday, September 25, 1981


READING Royals swept the board at the recent second National Age Group Synchronised Swimming championships at Crystal Palace. when they collected 20 gold, eight silver and two bronze medals. In the 12 and under section in which there were 67 entries, Joanne Seeburg (12), of Tilehurst (foreground), with her three gold medals in the solo, duet and team events while other medal winners of the Reading Royals Synchronised swimming team look on from the pool. Picture by Stuart Robinson.

Jo Seeburg came first in the figures, first in the solos, and first in the duets with her partner Susie Vockins. Joanne and Susie, together with Rachel Fishleigh, Nicola Wilson, Samantha Allen. Vicky Elson, Joanne Luckett and Sarah Northey formed the team which, swimming to a melody of folk song music, won the team event in their age group. The 13 and 14 year age group team of Kim Wright, Tina Cornish, Philippa Pascoe, Sarah Hartley, Rebekah Taylor, Andrea Hughes, Angela Devine, Lucienne Cooper (reserve Bridget Fishleigh) swam their team routine to a Mexican Hat Dance and they too, came out winners by a slim margin of one point. Kim and Tina got bronze medals for their duet, and Tina and Philippa qualified to swim their solos and came ninth and 12th respec-tively. There were 66 entries in this group. Then it was the turn of the 15 and 16 age group and swimming to "Tunes of Glory" they came second and received silver medals. The team was Amanda Flight, Sally Manning, Pat Hawthorne, Jane Daniels, Karen Bennett, Nicola Sutton, Yvonne Townsend and Sarah Bolton. Amanda and Sally also qualified to swim their duet and came sixth. A number of the girls are now busy preparing for the southern Counties National Competition to be held in Tower Hamlets. Synchronised swimming is be-coming increasingly popular and comprises compulsory figures which then lead to qualification to solos and duets, and team routines consist of not more than eight and not less than tour girls. The Duet side of synchronised swimming is included in the next Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles in 1984. The Residing Royals were established in 1969 and meet regularly at Reading Central Baths.

The tenth National Synchronised Swimming Championships took place at St Margaret's Baths, Leicester. Ten members of the Reading Royals SSC travelled up for the week-end together with their supporters and a total of 80 girls took part and 16-year-old Reading Royal Sally Manning swam her solo and was placed 24th (as a junior her position was 12th). Sally and her partner Amanda Flight came 13th in the duet section, and Karen Moore and her partner Sarah Lewis came ninth. Then Karen, Sarah, Sally, Amanda, Katherine Russell, Tina Cornish. Heather Reeve and Pat Hawthorne swam the team number and got bronze medals. Their choreographer was Andrea Holland. Seven teams took part. Mention must also be made of Jane Daniels who was reserve for the team and Louise Vockins who entered the figure section only. At the end of the competition, the Reading Royals were absolute-ly delighted to sec their choreographer Mrs Brenda Holland presented by the ASA with the Mary Black Trophy for her Ser-vices to Synchronised Swimming at both club and national level.

15/16 Team

12&under team who took gold at Crystal Palace.

Image: Vicky Elson

GB Europeans, Split

TEAM GOLD for Phillipa Sutton

Evening Post - BNA

At the fifteenth Synchronised Swimming Festival in Nijmegen. Holland, were representatives from the United States, Switzerland. Italy, Belgium, Austria and from England the Reading Royals Synchronized Swimming Club 'A' team. The party from Reading were made most welcome by their hosts, the Nijmegen Swimming Club, although they arrived at the untimely hour of 3 am on Saturday morning after suffering a terrible journey in the icy conditions. Despite the long trip the Reading party of Heather Reeves. Sarah Lewis, Karen Moore. Catherine Russell, Sally Manning, Pat Hawthorn. Amanda Flight, Tina Cornish and coach Andria Holland gave superb display of swimming while Andrea, the national champion  of 1978 gave a a solo exhibition.

Reading Royals Annual Show, Central Pool, Reading January/February 1982

On Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16 and Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23 the Royals are presenting a "Water Melody" at the Central Pool, Reading, starting at 7.30 pm each night. With the sport being included In the next Olympic Games for the first time those participating are bound to be out to impress and the show certainly looks worthy of attending especially with the current national champion participating. Tickets cost f1.50 for adults and 75p for children and can he obtained either from the pool or contact Pangbourne xxxx

Synchronised Swimming Festival, Nijmegan

Gallery & Other things

12U team at Bracknell

Susie Vockins and Vicky Elson  - Evening Post 1982