The year kicked off on the 17th January with the Winter Show, postponed from Christmas last.

Winter Show

Loads of images on Winter Show page accessed from menu (left)

Extract from President's Winter Show programme -

"I would like to thank all the coaches and other volunteers who make the club the success it is today, many of whom devote many hours every week to our swimmers to enable them to acieve their potential. A number of our coaches have also taken qualifications which is a fantastic indication of their commitment to the sport. We do always need more volunteers and coaches so if you are interested please speak to any of the commitee members. I hope yo will enjoy watching the show and join me in wishing the Club a very successful 2016".

Reading Royals

Swimmer of the Year/Awards Night

Club Awards Night 12th February - Anna Welland voted Reading Royals' Swimmer of the Year for 2015

England Programmes Synchro Squads 2016

Training Squad

Genevieve Randall (Bristol Central)

Jodie Cowie (Rushmoor)

Katie Clark (Reading Royals)

Olivia Federici (Rushmoor)

Claire Harris (Aquavision)

Danielle Cooper (Rushmoor)

Emma Critchley (Reading Royals)

Greta Hampson (Co Leeds / Salford)

Hannah Randall (Rushmoor)

Isabelle Thorpe (Bristol Central)

Jorja Brown (Rushmoor)

Kate Shortman (Bristol Central)

Phoebe Bradley-Smith (Co Birmingham)

Rebecca Richardson (Co Leeds)

Zoe James (Rushmoor)

Celina Dembinska-Kenner (Rushmoor)

Hannah Mulshaw (Reading Royals)

Hannah James (Rushmoor)

Lara Hockin (Rushmoor)

Victoria Usher (Rushmoor)

Age Group Squad

Abigail Taylor (Reading Royals)

Alyssa Basinger (Reading Royals)

Anna Welland (Reading Royals)

Cerys Hughes (City of Bristol)

Daniella Lloyd (City of Bristol)

Harriette Smith (Reading Royals)

Isabel Turrell (Reading Royals)

Isabelle Thorpe (City of Bristol)

Kate Shortman (City of Bristol)

Millicent Costello (City of Leeds)

Mimi Gray (Reading Royals)

Development Squad

Aimee Lawrence (City of Salford)

Bella Harris Johnstone (Rushmoor)

Daisy Gunn (Portsmouth)

Daisy Rushton (City of Preston Aquatics)

Eleanor Blinkhorn (Reading Royals)

Grace Cruickshank (City of Bristol)

Isobel Blinkhorn (Reading Royals)

Jessica Smith (City of Bristol / Chippenham)

Robyn Swatman (Walsall)

Zayna Gallacher (Rushmoor)

A two day event at a new venue - the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham (weekend 16th/17th April).

Day 1 commenced with the figures. 4 Reading swimmers competed, Emma Critchley 4th, Hannah Mulshaw 17th, Teri Faye Coupar 20th and Harriette Smith 21st. Full results

The 11-strong team from Reading Royals – Alexandra Turrell, Anna Boehning, Daisy Fowler, Emma Goudge, Emma Kitching, Hannah Mulshaw, Harriette Smith, Isobel Rastall, Jennifer Bates, Katerina Sage and Teri-Faye Coupar – rounded out the top three, their Burlesque themed routine scoring 63.8333 to take the bronze medal

ASA  Championships


RR had no entries in the club technical solo or club duet competition. Reading Royals' swimmers Katie Clark and Emma Critchley did though swim in the Open competition for GB (not as a pair) finishing 1st and 2nd respectively.

England Age Group - Hungarian Open June

10 England Age Group swimmers have been selected to compete in Budapest. 7 members of the England squad are our Reading Royals Athletes............

Harriette Smith competed in two international competitions last year so this will be her third. This will be the first international competition for Abi Taylor, Isabel Turrell, Mimi Gray, Alyssa Basinger, Isobel Blinkhorn and Anna Welland. They will all compete in their age group to swim figures and the GB free team.

Figure competition took place today - 17th June


Daniella Lloyd      -   14th

Millicent Costello  -   15th

Mimi Gray             -   17th

Harriette Smith    -    23rd

Cerys Hughes      -    26th

Abigail Taylor       -   27th

Isabel Turrell       -    33rd

Alyssa Basinger   -    34th

Anna Welland      -    36th

Isobel Blinkhorn  -    50th

114 swimmers

Duet - Reading pairings Alyssa Basinger/Mimi Gray and Harriette Smith/Abi Taylor finished a very good 4th and 5th respectively

More here from Swim England

TEAM - The team finished in a fantastic "silver medal" postion.

Please see the menu sub pages for more in depth coverage of the Winter Show, British Champs and this year's Reading Novice Competition as well as Reading swimmers competing for the various England and GB squads through the year.

Images left from Solo and Solo medleys.

Duet Images

Team Images

More show images

Synchronised Swimming may look magical but it demands great strength, skill and fitness to perform t amazing routines in the water. The coaches also need to be technically accurate with artistic flare, they don't just wave a magic wand! The Christmas Show is a celebration of the club's magical moments over the year and huge thanks goes to everyone involved: designing the programme, creating tickets, advertising, selling tickets, booking equipment, collecting raffle prizes, setting up, making cakes, helping on the day and of course our valued coaches and committed swimmers for the extra planning & training for the opening number & finale. We hope you all enjoy the show and agree it's a great way to end 2016 and share the magic of RRSSC

Sarah Thompson

Junior 15-18years - Open

Teri-Faye Coupar   -   3rd

13-15yrs - Open

Cerys Larsen              -  8th  (Beacon) 2nd

Nayana Walker          - 10th                3rd

Rosie Railings             - 15th                5th

Amelia Quinn            - 18th                7th

Rachel Newman         - 20th                9th

Tara Dakovic              - 23rd               11th

Abbey Huett               - 25th               12th

Alice Saunders             - 29th

Madison Squire           - 48th

12&Under - Open

Eleanor Blinkhorn       - 3rd

Rebecca Saunders        - 5th  (Beacon)  4th

Beatrice Crass              - 8th                  6th

Madeleine Staples       - 18th              15th

Hayley Pullen             - 19th             

Jadine Carroll              - 34th               24th

Georgia Lindsay          - 38th               25th


24th September

SE Swim Recreational Competition - Crawley, Sussex

Reading Royals had two Combination teams competing on the day, 12&under and 13/14 Age Group.

The 12&Under team won Gold. The team were:- Emilia Gelder, Eva Patrick, Louise Horlock,  Katrina Shipley, Miela Evans-Grubiak, Katy Felton, Milly Coleman, Akice Bloomfield,  Charlie Razzell, Florence Blinkhorn, Lily-Rose Hawkins. Pictured right

The 13/14 Team  were themselve only .34 away from the top spot. The team:-

Alice Saunders, Hannah Thompson, Tara Evans, Rebecca Blakey, Poppy Feldwick, Molly Sexton, Claudia Connellan, Anna Mironova, Emily McGinn. If anyone has a photo we will be glad to put it up.

Full results -  HERE

July - brought the Beacon Games Competition in conjunction with the Leeds Open venue the John Charles Aquatic.

Reading Royals were winners of the Beacon Figures Competition . Well done to the girls who swam... results:-