"Team and officials had assembled at Heathrow prior to departure and many parents turned up to wish us well and take the inevitable photographs. How the girls remember their figures and routines is a complete mystery, since we managed to confuse them totally trying to get them in line for the photographs".
"We were all very impressed by the sight of the squad and Team Manager Janet Holdstock in their uniforms of red jackets sporting England badges and white dresses".
The team in their gear. Shame we have to make do with black and white!
The Team travelling to the 1st Open San Isidro Sincro Competition had a 6 strong Reading contingent.
Some excerpts from the Report :-
(England) Age Group International
Madrid 24th May
Susan Richards and Emma Clark
"Emma Clark made the solo final finishing 6th. Both duets made the final with the Clark/Richards (Walsall) duet finishing 6th and the Northey/Price (Barnet)duet eighth."
"Sunday's team event came and we had the England team placed somewhere between second and eighth after figures. The girls swam the routine extremely well and most of us had us in fourth place. When the results were announced us in third behind Italy and Holland, screams of delight reverberated around the pool. Union flags appeared in abundance (plucked from Dave Elson's big magic bag) and the Vockins family somehow managed to produce a flag of enormous proportions."
Full results from the competition on the left. Great to see the music details being provided for each routine. Looks like we swam to James Last but not sure I am familiar with the German duet's number!