SYNCHRO: Sophie in England squad again

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Rugby Swimming Club’s Synchro Section has experienced a great start to 2011 on three fronts.

Firstly, following a gruelling three days of tests, 14-year-old Sophie Randle has been selected as part of England’s under 15 squad.

By virtue of her performance at last year’s UK National Age Group Championships, Sophie had already qualified as one of 16 athletes to be invited to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace for a second phase of trials.

Following numerous assessments of her athletic and swimming ability, Sophie was successfully included in the final competitive squad of 12 girls for the 2011 season.

This is the second year running which Sophie has achieved selection and represents a considerable achievement for all at Rugby Synchro.

Sophie will now train towards competitions to be held in the summer in both Croatia and Italy and is determined to build on her England debut performance in Crete in 2010. Thanks to Ken Marriott Leisure Centre for supporting Sophie with all the additional hours of training required to reach International standard.

n Secondly, Rugby achieved three successes at the first Skills Assessment Day of the year, held in Stockport. Olivia Walker was successful at Skill Level 2, Lucy Rouse achieved a pass at Skill Level 3 and Phoebe Walsh completed the hat-trick at Skill Level 4.

All three girls have now achieved the standard required to take part in the 2011 UK National Age Group Championships - a great reward so early in the year for the girls hard work and commitment.

Head Synchro Coach at Rugby, Hannah Dudley and her assistant, Linda Peake, continue to drive the club to a new level and both are confident of more Skill Level accreditations and National Qualifiers from the upcoming Skills Day in Rugby.

n To complete the trio of successes for Rugby, both Emily Firth and Graham Old have passed their Level 1 Coaching Courses. Any aspiring club needs the dedicated support of its volunteers and Emily and Graham have both worked hard to gain the sport’s initial level of recognised qualification. Well done to both - the club is proud of you!

n Why not take up an increasingly popular olympic sport which combines the grace of dance, the flexibility and acrobatics of gymnastics and the strength and endurance of speed swimming.

Give it a try! Contact Hannah Dudley at: dudz23@hotmail.com