By Simon Pryce
Saturday 11th May was yet another great day for local synchronised swimming club, Bramcote SC AquaStars.
They achieved great success, taking home two trophies and fiveindividual medals.
Twenty-five of their athletes travelled to Walsall to take part in the West Midlands Novice Synchro Competition.
As always, the day kicked off with the individual figures competition where more than 160 girls – and a few boys – performed three set synchronised swimming manoeuvres, varying according to their age category.
In the 12 and under grade zero event, AquaStar Lizzy Gayton, was awarded the bronze medal, beating more than 80 other entrants.
This was her first figures competition and she performed incredibly well, keeping her cool throughout.
As the morning progressed, Molly Doolin went on to achieve bronze in the 8 to 10 years old grade 1 category.
Yet again, this was her debut competition. But it didn’t stop there. In the 12 and under grade 1 group, debutant Alice McMillan achieved silver and slightly more experienced Heidi Woolley walked off with the gold.
The final success in figures saw Alice Hunter win silver in the grade two 12 and under group with a superb performance of three quite difficult moves.
But the day was not over for the team and the afternoon saw them set out to challenge for success in the team routine events – and what an afternoon it was. Three teams entered and three teams medalled.
In the 12 and under category, BSC AquaStar Team Matilda won a bronze medal.
This was their first competition and the team is made up of some very young athletes who are fairly new to the sport.
They swam really well to a medley of tunes from Matilda the Musical, showing how hard work and quality coaching can develop a team quickly.
Gold in this category was taken by BSC Aquastars Team Rock who swam brilliantly to a medley from School of Rock to get a well deserved 51 plus points. Thus the trophy was theirs.
The club’s final success came in the 15 and under category where BSC Aquastars Team Rouge defended their title and once again achieved first place with a superb swim to a medley of songs from the film Moulin Rouge.
This was the first time the team had swam the routine as a seven and the first completion for their young coach Caitlin Billingham. It was great to see the girls come together for the event.
All of this success has been the result of a lot of hard work and training. The athletes practice for between five and six hours per week and it is obvious that this commitment to training is paying off for the club.
Coming up, these teams as well as the clubs’ more experienced girls will be competing in the Warks and Staffs competition, again at Walsall, and then will be travelling to London to compete in the national event, the Synchro Combo Cup at the London Aquatics Centre.
Hopefully more medals and trophies will be coming their way.