Reading Royals


Awards Evening -

Reading, March

SWIMMER OF THE YEAR  - Harriet Roberts and Katie Clark

European Junior Championships - Gloucester - April 22nd -26th

Reading Royals had two swimmers in the GB squad at the championships. Harriet Roberts swam Team and Katie Clark, Duet and Team

The team (Cherry Wilson, Katie, Yvette Baker, Robyn Bignell, Harriet , Anya Tarasiuk, Isobel Collings, Zoe Williams, Jenna Coultard and Charlotte Frost) ranked 10th in the Free, 8th in the Combo and 11th in the duet Katie and Cherry Wilson.

Take a look at the GB Free Team and Combo routines - particularly good examples of showing the hard work that goes on underwater during  routines. Link HERE


-13 June

B1 Open Novice Skills 9-12yrs

Stephanie Ridge             -  Silver

Hannah Mulshaw          - Bronze

Millie Harris                    - 6th

Jenny Bates                      - 8th

Esme Lower                     - 10th

C Invitational Competition 8-10yrs

Gemma Dawson             - Gold

Katie Mitchell                  - Silver

Ella Stewart                     -Bronze

Isobel Clark                     - 4th

Marissa Gray                   -7th

Katrina Sage                    -10th

C Open  Competition   9-12yrs

Megan Watterson             - Bronze

Verity Campbell                - 5th

Poppy Gray                       -8th

Open Combination Teams

Reading                             - Bronze

World Championships - July - Rome

Meanwhile at Rome in July, the GB Senior Team competed at the World Championships. Reading Royals had Helen Morris, Katie Skelton and Jazmine Stansbury swimming.  Free Team Routine is HERE Nice bit of sun!

Image: Al Bello- Getty

Reading Royals' Becki, Katie and Hannah swam for England.

Images in the video (box below) are a compilation from the swims and from downtown Belgrade

Music   -    Molitva  by  Marija Serafovic (Eurovision winner 2007)

Comen Cup - August Belgrade, Serbia.

" I did a lot of portraits because I wanted to show the people underneath those 'fixed synchro smiles'. . . . . ."



All images - courtesy GB Swimstars - 


…. and the images set to music are HERE- "Echoes" - Pink Floyd

Started in 2009 by the award-winning photographer Simon Wright, a keen Masters swimmer and specialist sports photographer,the GBswimstars project's aim is to capture powerful, memorable photographs that will help promote British swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo in the run up to the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic games. A look at his website leaves no doubt that has done and continues to do a great job.

Multi-Regionals -


Age Groups and National Championships

Gloucester, November

This year Age Groups and Champs were combined in one event at Gloucester.

But the event  was odd for more than this - the club had no solo or duet competitors at 12&U or 13/14yrs and no solo at 15/16/17yrs!


13/14yrs          -   Bronze

15/17yrs Rec   -   Silver


18/19yrs  - Bethany Dearlove  - Silver


15/16/17yrs -  Rebecca Bates & KristinaHolley                                              - Bronze

18/19yrs Tech - Jenny Godding & HarrietRoberts                                              - Gold

18/19yrs Free - Jenny Godding & Naomi Schorman                                                       - Gold

12U's - Lily Ryan, Maisie James, Hannah Mulshaw, Jenny Bates, Esme Lower, Stephanie Ridge, Sophie Ross, Megan Waterson

13/14's  - Natalie Saudan, Jade Hearmon, Kerry Rothery, Lucy Farrell, Tianee Buckley, Charlotte Adams, Amy Ostler, Karolina Szymanska, Charlotte Joy, Bethan Scholey

15/17 yrs Rec -Kristina Holley, Hannah Green, Rebecca King, Rebecca Bates, Hannah Rush, Krista Pierro,  Megan Waldron, Elizabeth Hamilton, Hannah Fishwick, Jade Savage, Jessica Brown

Images from the competition from camcorder footage. Light levels at Gloucester are not the best! Teams left, all the rest on the right.

A team - Jenny Godding, Harriet Roberts, Naomi Schorman, Bethany Dearlove, Krissey Holley, Rebecca Bates,

Hannah Green, Hannah Rush. Rebecca King,

Figures (to 10th)

12U           - Lily Ryan            - 10th

13/14        - Natalie Saudan   - 9th

15/17yrs   - no top 10 finish

18/19yrs   - Harriet Roberts -  Gold

……………...oh … and then, there was YMCA..The crowd and officials make their own entertainment during a music breakdown at Nationals, Gloucester. For anyone who has not had the pleasure..... .

.......or the lyrics -    here

In case you ever need to learn the moves.....

"Y.M.C.A." is a hit song recorded by American disco group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from the album Cruisin'. The song reached No. 2 on the U.S. charts in early 1979 and reached No. 1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the group's biggest hit. It is one of fewer than forty singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide (extract Wikipedia)

Photos: Swimming Times/DE Photo

Silver winning A team deck and lift and results right.

Christmas Show  - Central Pool, December

Camcorder stills from the Christmas Show left but a good number of  better resolution images courtesy of Sian-Marie Kent below.

......And then there were the ex-swimmers...…………..great to see!

A message from our President

Welcome to our Christmas show and thank you all for coming. This year has been a special one for Reading Royals as the Club celebrated its 40th anniversary. There was an official celebration in September, which was a very well organised and at-tended event that brought together Club members past and present and a good time was had by all. It was really lovely to see everybody.

On this occasion I would like to share with you some snippets from the time it all started: The first Club session was held at the Arthur Hill Pool on 14th September 1969 and was opened by Jenny Robb, a GB diver, whom we all know now as Jenny Gray; Royals was added to Club's name in October 1970, apparently before the football team adopted it; The first junior member was Heather Reeve, who as Heather Rothery is still active in the Club as parent, coach and committee member; The first Christmas show was held on 19th December 1970.

Since then the Club has become one of the most successful clubs in the country, producing members of senior GB teams, junior teams and age group squads, including medallists. This year we have three swimmers training full time in Alder-shot. Katie Skelton and Jazmine Stansbury — seniors and Katie Clark who is still a junior. We wish them success in their coming competitions and training. Also this year Katie Clark and Harriet Roberts were members of the junior GB team and Beki King, Hannah Green and Katie Clark competed at the Comen Cup for England in Serbia. Well done girls!

But apart from consistently producing top swimmers the Club is also a good base for anybody who enjoys synchro and wants to improve, be it novice, recreational or age group swimmer.

This all would not be possible without the hard work and expertise of our Head Coach Di Hughes, Chief Choreographer Kate Coupar and their dedicated team of coaches and choreographers who, supported by committee and parents, make sure that the Club is the place where swimmers enjoy synchro, improve their skills and fitness and achieve their goals. Our thanks go to them all.

Enjoy the show! Mila Robertson, President Reading Royals, SSC.

Gallery & other things

HANNAH GREEN won the Post-sponsored Reading Royals' swimmer-of-the-month for August. She enjoyed a successful month. She secured her Skill level 4 badge and then competed for England in the Comen Cup in Croatia. She topped the month off by passing her Grade 5 which entitles her to swim for the Reading A team in the British championship in December. Hannah has worked hard to achieve all this after joining Royals from Witney at the beginning of the year. Her coaches have been impressed with the speed of her progress and the effort she puts into achieving her goals.

THREE members of the Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club have been awarded Evening Post swimmer of the month awards. The first, Jade Hearmon, has been selected in recognition of her achievements at the recent National Age Group Competition. Jade was awarded the bronze medal in the 12 and under category and went on to gain a gold medal with the 12 and under team. Her coaches nominated Jade for the award for her hard work in achieving these results. The club looks forward to seeing Jade win more medals with some impressive perfomances.

The second award goes to Kristina Holley as a result of her hard work and commitment to synchronised swimming. Kristina won a silver medal in the Multi Regional Competition for figures and duet. She was nominated for the award by her coaches who were impressed with the effort she put into her training, ultimately leading to her successes.

The third recipient of the award is Hannah Rush following her results at the National Age Group Competition and GB Junior Squad Trials. Hannah achieved 11th place in the 15/17 squad figure results and 14th in the GB Junior Trials making sure of her inclusion into the GB Junior squad for 2009. She had worked hard on her figures and pulled them off on the day with a consistency that evaded many other swimmers. Her coaches all wish her well in the coming months as she now battles to gain a place in the junior team.