"Reading Royals Synchro Club has awarded top performer Katie Hooper with the accolade of Swimmer of the Year for 2002.
Katie has sadly decided to hang up her costune and goggles after a distinguished career in the sport which ended on the high point of a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester last July.
Katie would like to thank her past duet partners with whom she has shared medals, in particular Kelly Wise , Emily Duerden, sister Jo and GB partner Gayle Adamson from the Gateshead Club and all the team members she has swum with. She would also like to thank all the club coaches who have worked with her over the years in particular Mila Robertson and Di Singh and everyone in the club who has helped her to her success" - Jon Hooper in SYNCHRO WORLD
Full article courtesy of Synchro World to the right and clickable.
Katie Hooper on her SOTY award and retirement with RR Chair Beverley Skelton.
Southern Counties Age Groups - Crawley, 12th April
Alex Harris - 6th
Grainne Shaghnessy - Gold
Sophie Nevin - Bronze
Jazmine Stansbury - 4th
Rebecca Davies - 6th
Katie Skelton - 4th
Siobhan Goodchild - 6th
18 and over
Joanne Hooper - Gold
Holly Gurr - 4th
Grainne Shaughnessy - Gold
Sophie Nevin - 4th
Jazmine Stansbury - 6th
Katie Skelton - 4th
Sarah Hale - 6th
Ava Pierro & Alex Harris - Bronze
Holly Gurr & Taylor Platten- 5th
Grainne Shaughnessy & Sophie Nevin - Gold
Rebecca Davies & Jazmine Stansbury - Silver
Jenny Godding & Sian-Marie Kent - 5th
Katie Skelton & Rachel Broadhead - Bronze
Sara Hale & Siobhan Goodchild - 5th
12&under Reading Royals - Gold
13/14 yrs - Gold
15/16/17yrs - Gold
Grainne Shaughnessy & Sophie Nevin
Loano is a well worn Synchro destination about 50 miles across the French border at Nice.
The 2003 team was Tia Randall, Jenna Randall, Louise Woolley, Helen Condon Hannah Massey, Lynne Payne, Katie Skelton, Chloe Huggins andJennifer Waterfield with Kate Coupar as Assistant Coach and Jenny Gray travelling as a judge.
The team ranked 5th in Duet and Team at the competition.
Loano Synchro Cup XIX April 24th - 27th
Kate Coupar and Head Coach Adele Carlsen
Squad in Loano.
Photo: Sheila Huggins
'As there was no funding for a Great Britain side we competed as England
Synchro is a popular sport in Italy and the compettion was advertised all around town. When we arrived for the final we found that it was going to be televised on Italian TV. There was also a large audience with lots of home supporters as well as a small but loud group of English supporters and parents with their Union Jacks.
Going to Loano as part of an England Team was a grwat experience. We hope that the continuing difficulties with funding can be resolved to allow British Synchro to go on to greater and better things'
12th Luxembourg Synchro Cup
Potters Bar Competition
Clickable podium images on the right.
We do not though have the results from this competition If anyone has them please copy us in email@example.com. (paper report now below)
Southern Inter-County - Crystal Palace, June
Reading Weekend Post - 4th July
Novel points based competition for Solo, Duet and Team but excluding swimmers who had swum for Great Britain.