Reading Royals


February - Awards Evening

Mimi Gray voted 2014 Swimmer of the Year

National and Regional squads 2015

England development - Anna Welland

                                         Issy Blinkhorn

                                        Cerys Larsen

                                        Abi Taylor

                                        Mimi Gray

                                        Alyssa Basinger

Beacon squad  -     Alex Baloo

                               Eleanor Blinkhorn

                               Poppy Whitefield

                               Rachel Newman

                               Issy Turrell

                               Alice Saunders

England/GB  duet  -    Emma Critchley

England Juniors     -     Emma Critchley

                                       Esme Lower

England Age Group -    Harriette Smith

                                      Savannah Gracey

GB/European Junior Games

February 13 -15th Istanbul

The GB Team, including Emma Critchley and Esme Lowerqualified for the Junior European Games 2015. The competition schedule is June 12th-28th in Baku, Azerbaijan

 Brussels - Open Masters,       March 21/22 Piscine Neptunium,

Andrea Holland swimming for Reading Royals wins silver in the Solo Competition.

 ASA National Synchro Championships

May 2nd & 3rd, Gloucester

Images here from the competition. (Controls on mouse over)

Reading Novice Competition, Central, Reading - 6th June

Slider right. Results on the |Reading Royals' results page.

Reading Novice Competition took place on Saturday the 6th June. In addition to the home club,  swimmers were present from Aquavision North, Bracknell Synchro SC,  Brighton SC,  Chelmsford SC, Cheltenham SC, Chippenham ACS,  Hemley SSC, Hythe Aqua, Portsmouth & Distict SSC, Rushmoor Synchro, Sevenoaks and Witney & District.  The slider below contains some images from video footage and therefore not in the best definition. The footage  was taken mainly for Reading Royal   benefit but we hope it provides everyone who attended with a flavour of the day.

Hampshire Age Groups +

Berks/Bucks Age Groups  - Aldershot Garrison, June 20th

Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Winners

12 & Under winners

1st  Alyssa Basinger

2nd Isobel Blinkhorn

3rd  Eleanor Blinkhorn

4th Lucy Jones

5th Rachael Newman

6th Alice Saunders

15/16 Winner

1st Issy Rastell

13/14 Winners

1st Savannah Gracey

2nd Abigail Taylor

3rd Anna Welland

4th Teri Coupar

5th Isobel Turrell

6th Cerys Larsen

Harriete Smith, in the team that made the podium and had a good week.

Full results on the right.

England Talent

June 26th - 28th - Primorje Cup, Rijeka, Croatia

Image by Dave Tonkin

COMEN England Talent Squad

 6th -9th August in Ostia, Rome....

Update 7th August - Good swim by the team in preliminary (tenth)and very good by the duet. Qualification at COMEN is not straightforward and we will wait to see whether they make the finals. Results here and COMEN doing "live" updates during the competition.

The team, pictured here,  finished 9th in the Free, 6th in the Combo and the duet 8th. Images from England Talent and their facebook page includes this lovely med evening shot of the scoreboard post competition. Image - thanks to England Talent (Sara Clarke).

Image - www.skyscrapercity.com

Andrea Holland was back on duty swimming for Reading Royals!

Andrea here post swim and (inset) exchanging her accreditation - (she was commentating on the non-Masters synchro event at the same venue. Andrea finished 5th in the Tech routine and went one better in the Free just missing out on a medal. (Scores - 73.000 Tech and 70.675 Free).

World Masters,

Kazan, Russia, 5th August


This was exclusively Recreational  Competitor Day and Reading

had two teams swimming. The 12&Under's (left below) delivered a

fine swim to finish 5th in a big field of starters.

The under 19 team (right) produced a great swim to finish 2nd and secure a silver

National Age Groups -


Some images from the swims Day 1 in the slider on the below.

12&Under duet saw the club take a one-two for the second year running. Mimi repeated her 2014 success with new partner Alyssa to take gold and the Blinkhorn sisters Issy and Ele took silver'


The Saturday morning was as ever taken up with the Figure Competition

In 13/14/15yrs - Harriette Smith was 5th and Anna Welland 6th

Reading Royals held gold once more in 12& Under

with Mimi Gray, who was joined on the podium by Issy Blinkhorn in Silver. Alyssa Basinger 6th and Eleanor Blinkhorn were other top ten finishers for RR.

In 15 years up Emma Critchley won bronze.

In the 13/14/15 Solo Anna and Harriette reversed their 6th and 5th figure positions.

Here are some images (from camcorder footage) from Day 2.

Emma Critchley won silver in 15-18yrs Solo with a "well-executed routine" to ‘Soon Will be Found’ by Sia. Great swim. Her interview here

13/14/15 Duet brought bronze from the pairing of Harriette Smith and Abi Taylor, with two other Reading pairs in 6th (Teri-Faye Coupar and Isabel Turrell and 7th (Anna Welland and Cerys Larsen).

DAY 3 commenced with the 12& Under Solo. RR had 4 swimmers in the top ten, a remarkable achievement - Ele Blinkhorn (5th), Alyssa Basinger (4th), Isobel Blinkhorn in silver  and Mimi Gray defending her title with gold.

As is traditional the Team competitions took place on the final afternoon. Reading Royals retained the 12U team gold and won silver in the 13/14/15 category. The 15 to 18yrs team finished 6th.

Photo: ASA

Finally, images from the final day in the boxes on the right

The Team Gold meant once more than Mimi Gray  for the second year running won all four 12U categories in which she competed. Remarkable achievement. Her interview following the defence of her Solo title is here