Reading Royals

   2004 Through the Year


Berks & Bucks County Champs

Bracknell - Feb 7th

SANDRA JACK took gold in the figures section of the senior championships as Reading Royals picked up a massive haul of medals of the Berks and South Bucks County Championships and Grade Four Synchronised Swimming Competition at Bracknell Sports Centre last Saturday. Jack was joined on the podium by Siobhan Goodchild who took bronze. Helen Morris took gold for figures in the junior championship and also achieved overall silver for her figure results in the senior competi-tion. Katie Austin won silver in the junior figures section with Grainne Shaughnessey taking bronze. In the grade four competition Isobel Hale took gold in the figure section with Victoria Willis winning the silver. In the grade four and championship competition the girls were challenged with Kip Twist Spin (2.5), Walk Over Back Closing 360 (2.6), Flamingo Bent Knee Spinning 180 (2.5) and Aurora (2.5). And Jack's confident and well-controlled figures made her a clear winner in the senior championships. Morris was second with Siobhan Goodchild taking bronze.

Morris put in an equally strong and confident per formance to earn her top spot in the junior competi-tion, ahead of Austin and Shaughnessey. In the grade four competition, Hale's care-fully performed figures gave her first position ahead of Willis. Shaughnessey's elegant and stylish performance gave her the overall gold in both the senior and junior sections of the solo championships. Melanie DeVoy took sil-ver in both both the junior and senior championships) with her excellent swim to music from the film "Mummy". Excellent Her routine demonstrat-ed strong confident moves and excellent flexibility. Morris took the bronze medal in both senior and junior championships with a graceful performance to music from "Rough Guide

To The Andes". In the championships duets Goodchild and Sarah Hale took gold with a strong and artistic duet to music from "Lord of the Rings". Jenny Gooding and Sian Marie Kent were in the silver medal position. They swam a fast and lively routine to music with a science fiction theme.

Free Solo


Katie Skelton  -     Bronze

Free Duet


Emily Holmes & Megan Rothery -  Silver


Alex Harris & Ava Pierro       -    Bronze

15,16, 17yrs

Katie Skelton & Katie Austin   -    Silver

Southern Counties Age Group - Crawley, 4th April



Katie Clark        -    Silver

Rebecca King    -    Bronze

12& Under

Emily Holmes -     6th   


13/14 yrs   

Isobel Hale   -          8th

15,16,17 yrs

Grainne Shaunessey   -    Bronze

Katie Skelton               -     4th

Helen Morris               -     8th

Helen Anderson         -     10th

Free Team

Reading Royals 12&Under        -    Gold

RR 13/14 yrs         -    Gold

RR 15,16,17yrs      -    Gold

RR 18 & Over         -    Silver

Rushmoor Novice Comp   -   May

Potters Bar Competition


RRSSC 35th Anniversary Celebration  - 10th July

FIVE girls from Reading Royals were selected to represent England in Egypt in August.

The girls – Rebecca Davies, Helen Morris, Jazmine Stansbury, Grainne Shaughnessy and Melanie DeVoy.

Clickables : image right is the Synchro World extract Aug 2004

The team finished 8th in the Free.

 XIV Comen Cup -  Egypt

5th-8th August

Cuttings here, again from Synchro World, the girls being asked on their return what they learnt from their trip....

......Bit of a squeeze for the Combo?

Technical Solo

Carla Sanders    -       Bronze

Technical Duet

Carla Sanders & Sandra Jack   -      Bronze

ASA 12th National Masters

11th September

Free Solo


Carla Sanders    -       Gold

Free Duet


Carla Sanders & Sandra Jack  -  Silver

ASA National Age Groups

Wigan International Pool - 25/26 September



Emily Holmes & Megan Rothery   -   4th


Katie Skelton & Katie Austin       -   Bronze

Helen Morris & Jenny Godding   -  4th


12 & Under

Megan Rothery            -        4th

Emily Holmes               -       5th

Katie Clark                    -       6th


Melanie Devoy         -   Gold


Helen Morris           -    8th


12& Under

Megan Rothery  -   5th

Emily Holmes    -   6th

Katie Clark         -   7th


Melanie Devoy  -  Gold

Millgate, Wigan - pool closed in 2008


12& Under Reading   -   Gold

13/14yrs                      -   4th

15/16/17yrs                 -   Silver

"In the 13/14 age group the swimmers that were part of the ASA Youth Team have clearly benefited from the training camps and competition experience. While this is a positive step, there is a gap apperaing between these swimmers and the rest of the age group. Melanie Devoy is looking strong with good leg extension and flexibility.

Another gap has been created in the 15-17 age group where Hanney Massey and Jenna Randall have benefited from international experince of competing in the World events this year. Unfortunately GB do not have the funds to provide this type of training for the majority of swimmers, however we can look much harder at what is being done in the clubs to try and bridge that gap"

Adele Carlsen GB Tech Director) for SYNCHRO WORLD

Some images from the day

British Championships-

November 6th & 7th

Tech & Free Team RR  -  4th

Rebecca Davies, Katie Skelton, Jenny Godding,, Helen Morris, Francesca Feast, Grainne Shaughnessy,Naomi Schorman, Jazmine Stansbury, Katie Austin.

A message from our President.

.......This year the ASA synchro technical committee decided to send an age group squad to compete in the Comen Synchro Cup, Egypt where the GB team were placed 8th. Five  swimmers from. Reading Royals took part in this competition namely Jazmine Stansbury (team. captain), Helen  Morris, Melanie DeVoy, Grainne Shaughnessy & Rebecca Davies - congratulations to all of you.

At national competitions this year our results were mixed but well done to Melanie DeVoy awd the 12 and under team gaining gold medals and Katie Skelton and Katie Austin on winning bronze in the  duet competition. Congratulations to Tom Morris for being the first boy to compete at a national event in synchro as part of the 12 and under team. At the national, Masters competitions Carla Sanders won gold and Carla with her partner Sandra Jack won silver.

The club was more successful in this year's SCASA competitions winning a gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals and at the Bucks & Berks, competitions Grainne Shaughnessy was the overall county champion. Another first was achieved when Iain Godding won the Dudding Cup - the first boy to win an individual synchro trophy at our B & SB competitions. The club was very successful at the Potters Bar competitions where the swimmers departed with most of the medals.

Thanks must go to Jean Hulbert for organising Level 1 and Level 2 teacher courses, which meows we have significantly increased the number and quality of our coaches. We as a club are grateful to all the coaches/choreographers, officials and helpers who continue to give so generously of their time - thank you.

In 2005 there will be many changes as the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan comes into force. This will be an exciting time for synchro as we all hope that this will enable synchronised swimming in Britain to start making come back on the international scene. If anyone wants more information on the LTAD plan, please ask any committee member.

As one of the top clubs in the country we weed the help and support of our parents to maintain our standards. If any wew parent would like to help in any please ask a committee member. PAT JACK - President RRSSC

Christmas Show -

Central Pool, Reading 5th December

Technical A-Team:

Katie Austin, Katie Skelton, Rebecca Davies, Francesca Feast, Jenny Godding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Jazmine Stansbury

Free A-Team

Katie Austin, Katie Skelton, Rebecca Davies, Jenny Godding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Grainne Shaughnessy, Jazmine Stansbury

15/16/17 Team

Helen Alderson, Katie Austin, Rebecca Davies, Francesca Feast, Jenny Goidding, Helen Morris, Naomi Schorman, Grainne Shaughnessy, Katie Skelton, Jazmine Stansbury

13/14 Team

Gillian Cosh, Melanie DeVoy, Vicky Eaton, Holly Gurr, Alex Harris, Ava Pierro,

12&Under Team

Rebecca Bates, Katie Clark, Victoria Harris, Kristina Holley, Emily Holmes, Rebecca King, Tom Morris, Krista Pierro, Megan Rothery, Hannh Rush, Megan Waldron


Charlotte Adams, Elizabeth Biggs, Jessica Brown, Tianee Buckley, Lucy Farrell, Hannah Fishwick, Elizabeth Hamilton, Nea Hannula, Maisie James, Kirsty Menzies, Lily Ryan, Jade Savage, Jennifer Taylor, Phillipa Thompson, Chloe Thorne, Alison Thurgood

Not sure who's the more scary?

Some images from the two shows on the day

Gallery & other things

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