SWIMMING: Gold for over 40s synchro team

Mayor Cllr Richard Dodd with the winning team from Rugby
Mayor Cllr Richard Dodd with the winning team from Rugby

Rugby hosts national masters championships

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby hosted the ASA National Synchronised Swimming Competition earlier this month.

Some 14 clubs from across the UK were represented, with swimmers competing in age groups from over 20 up to 80 years old and including, for the first time at this level, both women and men.

The team from Rugby Swimming Club performed a patriotic routine, in striking Union Jack costumes, to a compilation of songs including The Spice Girls’ ‘Spice up your Life’. Their routine had great changes in pace and made good use of the pool space, and they took the gold medal in the 40-64 age group with a score of 49.5667.

The team – Zoe Medgett, Julie Bowler-Smith, Kay Ridler, Joyce Williams, Edina Carroll, Alison Richardson, Katie Hewitt and Diana Andrew – have only been swimming together since the start of 2015, and five of the team were novices – so this is a remarkable progression.

Kay Ridler and Joyce Williams then performed an excellent swim in the 50-59 Duet, achieving silver.

The scale of this Masters event proves that ‘synchro’ is a sport for all ages, and Rugby Swimming Club is proud to have a thriving Masters team alongside its highly successful junior squads.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email head coach Hannah Secher: dudz23@hotmail.com.