First medal in international

Sophie Randle won bronze in Croatia
Sophie Randle won bronze in Croatia

Rugby High School pupil Sophie Randle, was in sparkling form last weekend - claiming her first medal from international competition.

Sophie, a synchronised swimmer with Rugby Swimming Club, was part of the England under 15 team competing at the Primorje Cup held in Croatia.

In the Individual Figure event, where Judges score the technical aspects of the sport, Sophie performed beyond expectations. Predicted to finish in the middle of the ten English girls competing, Sophie impressed the judging panel with her strength and technique - earning a 12th place finish overall (out of the 99 competitors) and, more impressively, taking the honour of top English girl.

This is a great achievement for all of the team which support Sophie, including her Coach and mentor, Hannah Dudley and Rugby Swimming Club’s, Linda Peake. Also, thanks to Ken Marriott Leisure Centre who make additional pool time available for Sophie’s required training.

With the Figure event counting towards 50 per cent of the final competition total, the English team went into Day 2 in third place. A good team routine by England maintained their position and was enough to take an impressive bronze medal, behind Austria and Israel.

Sophie’s focus now turns to the second International event of the summer as the English Team prepare for a trip to Milan in August to compete in the prestigious Comen cup.

The inclusion of top Synchro Nations such as Russia, Canada and Spain will provide great experience for the 14 year-old Rugby swimmer.

n In further success for Rugby Synchro, Joyce Williams and Kay Ridler came second in the 40-49 age group Duet at the recent National Masters competition held in Telford.

This represents a fantastic reward for all the effort and dedication put in by Joyce and Kay - well done from all at Rugby Synchro!

n If you are interested in trying synchro try contact Hannah Dudley at dudz23@hotmail.com.