A Message from our President
Welcome and thank you for supporting our Christmas Show. This year's show is 'Mary Poppins', so sit back and relax whilst super nanny gets to work! This year the ASA synchro technical committee decided to send a junior team to compete in Croatia, where the England team finished in 1st place. Although only Jenny Godding and Katie Austin went to Croatia, Helen Morris, Grainne Shaughnessy and Melanie DeVoy were also part of the squad, so congratulations to all of you. And also to Katie Skelton who competed with a senior GB team in Egypt where they were placed 3rd against strong competition. Nationally our results were very good, particularly the 12 & unders who won gold in solo, duet and team. The 13/14's did well winning gold and silver in figures and solo and also silver in team and 15/16/17's achieved bronze in duet and team. Our A team produced a polished performance to finish 4th in the British Championship. It was at this competition that two long standing Reading Royals stalwarts received the Mary Black award for services to synchro, so congratulations to Doug and Barbara Coker. The atmosphere at this competition was greatly enhanced by the presence of so many of our younger swimmers and this was only achieved by the efforts of Sarah Buckley in arranging the transport etc. Sarah has also organised our Christmas Show so we would like to thank you Sarah for all your hard work. As I said last year, there will be many changes as the Long Term Athelete Development (LTAD) plan comes into force. I would ask you all to be patient as these changes come in, as there will undoubtedly be teething problems, but it should be for the ultimate good of synchro. If anyone wants more information on the LTAD plan, please ask a committee member. Finally congratulations to Claire (nee Butler) and Barrie Diffin and Claire (nee Beddows) and Tim Filtness on their marriages this year - we wish you all happiness and prosperity. It only remains for me to wish you a very happy festive season.
Pat Jack, President Reading Royals SSC.
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