Reading Sports Personality

17th January

Reading Royals recipients on the night were :-

Female Achiever of the Year -   Isobel and Eleanor Blinkhorn

Helper/Loyalty Award          -   Jocelyn Crowland and Mike Gray

Pride of Reading  Award      -   Katie Clark

   Reading Royals 2017

  Through the Year

Swimmer of the Year

Reading Royals' swimmer of the year for 2017 is Eleanor Blinkhorn. Eleanor received her trophy at the club's Awards Night on the 24th February.

Videos reflecting on the RR  year


Saturday 25th March 2017

SE Novice Competition at Central Pool, Reading.

Results (Top 10 only)

Skill 0 12& Under

Charlie Razell            -    5th

Natalie Sciarra          -    7th

Skill 1 12& Under

Louisa Horlock           -    4th

Alice Bloomfield         -    5th

Florence Blinkhorn    -    6th

Lily Rose Hawkins      -   10th

Skill 1  13& Over

Miela Evans Grubiak    -    5th

Full Results - HERE

This year's  Champs renewal  saw the club compete in just two of the swim categories. There was no representation in  Solo's, Duet 's or Team Technical .

The first day, Saturday, started with Junior Figures. Teri-Faye Coupar finished best at 11th for RR. We swam the Team Combination  finishing 5th and the Free Team 7th.

Slider's right with images from the day. Contols on mouseover.

Swim England - full results HERE



ASA Nationals  -Nottingham -

April 22nd/23rd


"Primorje Synchro Cup is a competition for age group 13-15 and age group 15-18 (juniors) and is listed in LEN calendar. Primorje Synchro Cup (PSC) is the only international competition in synchronized swimming in Croatia and it is registered in the LEN calendar. The first PSC was held in 1997. and it was originally designed as a part of the celebration of the patron saint of city Rijeka, St. Vitus. It is always held in late June, except last year, when at that time we had the European Championship in synchronized swimming for juniors. PSC annually welcomes about 150 swimmers from clubs and national teams all over Europe." - PSC

17th Promorje Cup - Rijeka, Croatia

8th-11th June

Reading Royals' swimmers Mimi, Alyssa, Issy, Eleanor and Cerys (not in order here) competing in Croatia this weekend, at Stanstead.

The competition commences on Friday. Schedule HERE

Figures under way.

Figure results

Training session pre figures today (9th June)

Great news in the 13-15 Solo. Gold and Bronze respectively for Mimi Gray and Isobel Blinkhorn

Alyssa Basinger and Mimi finished with a great Silver in the Duet competition. Their Routine score was tops but not by quite enough to overcome the Turkish girls who led after figures. The margin was .38 of a mark.

All 5 Reading girls, Mimi, Alyssa, Isobel, sister Eleanor Blinkhorn and Cerys Larsen swam in the Free Team and duly  finished in the Gold spot. Well done on what was clearly a very good weekend!

Full detailed results on the right. Click pop up arrow.


Images: courtesy Foto Kurti

swim england

Novice Competition - Central Pool, Reading, June

Competing for Reading Royals were:- Florence Blinkhorn, Louisa Horlock, Alice Bloomfield, Miela Evans-Grubiak, Milly Coleman, Katy Felton, Emily McGinn, Natalie Sciarra(T), Francesca Pringle(T), Sofija Dakovic(T), Charlie Razzell, Beatrice Askar(T), Danae Boitsidis(T), Bethan Jones(T), Kaitlyn Garroch(T),  Cara Zeidler(T), Isabella Vorster(T), Naomi Morgan(T), Mulan Su(T), Hannah Fox(T), Catherine Gowing, Anna Mironova.

Figures (Top 10)

9-12 (B)                                                           9-12 (C)

Florence Blinkhorn    -   Bronze                     Natalie Sciarra         -  6th

Louisa Horlock             -  4th                          Francesca Pringle     - 7th

Alice Bloomfield           - 9th                          Sofija Dakovic          - 8th         

                                                                            Charlie Razzell          -9th

9-19(B)                                                            13-19(C)     

Miela Evans -Grubiak -    4th                      Catherine Gowing      - 5th

TEAM - 9-12 Open Combination   -      Reading Royals                - Gold

Image Sliders

This year's competition took place on Saturday the 20th June. We had 15 clubs taking part - , Bracknell, Brighton (Horsham), Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Henley, Hythe, London Regional, Portsmouth & District,  Portsmouth Victoria,  Reading,  Ryde, Sevenoaks,  Swansea and  Witney & District.


Categories were :- Figures, 9-12 Open Combination, 8-10 Invitation Combination, 9-19 Open Combination. Images taken from video on the day are in the sliders below (bottom page). Controls on mouseover.

8 to 10yrs & 9 to 12yrs


9 to 19 yrs

Reading Royals Images

Junior Europeans  -

Belgrade, Serbia   21st - 24th June

Preliminary Team swim today (21/06) with GB ranking 9th with a 78.2. Clickable Images from Sinronoplivanje site on the left.

Good luck to Harriette Smith and the GB Junior Squad who left for Belgrade today.

GB eighth in Combo preliminary scoring 78.1.

Some very good photography from the competition.


Jon Taylor images

GB maintained their eighth place ranking in the Combo final with an improved 79.33 mark.

Courtesy Savez za sinhrono plivanje RS

French Masters Championships

Toulouse 24-25th June

Image (left) is of Sally Robinson (nee Manning) winning a silver at the French Masters in Toulouse.

Sally was a RR and GB swimmer up until 1984/1985 so this represents a return to competition after some lay off!

Swimming Solo in the ' Combine Open',  Sally was just over a mark off of top spot on the podium.

Beacon Games & Reading Open July 9th, Reading Central

Reading Open Event

9-12yrs     1  - Lily Halasi                      -  London Regional

                 2  - Emma Laycock               -  City of Leeds

                 3  - Eva Patrick                      -  Reading Royals

13-15yrs   1 - Rachael Newman          -   Reading Royals

                 2  - Jess Smith                      -   Reading Royals

                 3  - Ariana Saly                    -   London Regional

15-18yrs   1 - Alex Turrell                    -   Reading Royals

                 2  - Christine Maciejewski -   London Regional

                 3  - Cerys Hughes                -   City of Bristol

Beacon Trophy Result (and teams:-

1 Reading

2 Rushmoor

3 Bristol

4. Leeds

England Talent Development Squad performed the current England Talent team routine following on from the figure competition. The swimmers include RR's Beatrice Crass. Other members are Tilly Budd, Zoe Dimond, Daisy Gunn (now RRSSC), Aimee Lawrence, Rosie Rallings, Libby Taylor, Alexandra Thickett, Laura Turberville.

More images camcorder only - low resolution) from the team display and from the day generally in the slider below.

Full Results HERE


9-12yrs     1  Rebecca Saunders          -   Reading Royals

                  2 Madeleine Staples          -   Reading Royals

                  3 Taliah Alves                     -   Walsall

13-15yrs   1 Isobel Blinkhorn             -   Reading Royals

                  2 Aimee Lawrence             -   City of Salford

                  3 Robyn Swatman              -   Walsall

15-18yrs    1 Teri-Faye Coupar            -   Reading Royals

                  2 Alex Turrell                      -   Reading Royals

                  3 Cerys Larsen                    -   Reading Royals

The event was Figures only and the Beacon section split into two Age Groups 9-12yrs and 13-15yrs.

The Rankings were as follows:- (full results bottom of the page)

9-12 yrs    1 -  Rebecca Saunders          - Reading     

                 2 -   Madeleine Staples         - Reading

                 3 -   Taliah Alves                    - Walsall

13-15yrs   1 -  Tara Dakovic                   - Reading

                  2 -  Olivia Robinson             - Rushmoor

                  3 -  Pru Hubbard                  - Gateshead

This year's competition took place on Sunday the 9th July at Central Pool, Reading.

The competition is for all Regional Beacon Squad swimmers, selected by National Age Group results. The Regional Beacon Clubs are : City of Bristol SSC, Reading Royals SSC, Rushmoor SSC, & City of Leeds SSC.

On a rather rainy day in Budapest, Sally  Robinson, RR's only representative at the competition,  ranked a great 9th in her Solo Technical  swim.

FINA World Masters -

Budapest  7th-13th August

On a much better day weather wise in Budapest yesterday, Sally Robinson ranked 5th in the Solo Free. Looked like she enjoyed it. See for yourself - Routine  HERE.

Waiting for marks - HERE

Swim England SE Combination

- K2 Crawley, 23rd September


12&U    - Reading Royals     -   Silver

                 Bethan Jones, Danae Botsidis, Francesca Pringle,

                  Hannah Fox, Mulan Su,Naomi Morgan, Sofija Dakovic,

                  Isabella Vorster, Natalie Sciarra, Cara Zeidler

13-15yrs    -   Reading Royals     -    5th

                       Emily McGinn, Katrina Shipley, Miela Evans-Grubiak

                       Katy Felton, Milly Coleman, Catherine Gowing


These two squads have been busy over the last couple of weeks taking in the Combo Cup in Manchester as well.  Clickable  images from the two days on the slider (right)

Result Sheets