2015 January - June
Hampshire Age Groups - 20th June
- GOLD to Risa Darcy; SILVER to Amy
Wilshaw; 13-15 - BRONZE to Zayna
15-18 - GOLD to Robyn
Bell and BRONZE to Celina
Rushmoor U12 Pat
Koster Trophy goes to Risa Darcy; Rushmoor
13/14/15 Gravelines Trophy - Zayna
Gallacher; Rushmoor 15/16/17/18 Nancy Cup - Robyn
This is our county competition against
Portsmouth Victoria where we compete for the Hampshire Cup which Rushmoor
have retained for the last 10 years in a
row. We are the
2015 winners of the Hampshire aggregate trophy. This
competition was first held in 1982.
Rushmoor have won this cup 29 times in 33 years.
To cut down on costs,
we run the competition with Berks/Bucks and share the cost and
officials. Each County is responsible for their
own competition. This year it was held as a "figures only"
competition and the England 'Age Group' opened the
competition with a display routine they will be swimming in
"THANK YOU" to all the
judges and volunteers for giving up your time and helping at the event
which we couldn't have held without your
contributions, especially those that gave up their time and
didn't have someone taking part in the
A "special thank" you to Jane White - Referee and
Emma Suddaby-Brown for all their help on the day.
Thanks also to Tania Hockin and Susie Smillie -
Chief Scorers, Tina Wilshaw - Team Manager and Amy Campbell who was a
runner and the Hampshire medal bearer.
Well done to
all our swimmers who competed.
Hampshire Age Group Medalists
2015 13-15 Hampshire
Age Group Medalists
2015 15-18 Hampshire
Age Group Medalists
Hampshire and Berks/Bucks Age Groups results
Rushmoor - 55 pts PVSC - 40 pts
European Games, Baku - 12th-16th June
Team GB sent 160 athletes to Baku, Azerbaijan - their biggest overseas
team since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Athletes from the
England Talent Synchronised Swimming Squad competed at the Junior European
Games in Baku.
The Combination squad placed 10th
The duet: Jodie Cowie and
Genevieve Randall placed 12th (75.3000 total 144.5659pts).
The Free Team placed 9th (144.6049pts): Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Jorja Brown, Jodie
Cowie, Emma Critchley, Esme Lower, Genevieve Randall, Hannah
Randall, Rebecca Richardson, Danielle Cooper (Reserve), Lara Hockin
In the Figures event out of 146
athletes: A huge congrats to Jorja who placed 54th -
Jorja Brown (71.3455); 70th - Genevieve Randall
(70.0727); 76th - Hannah Randall
(69.3364); 82nd - Jodie Cowie (68.4591); 91st - Phoebe
(67.800); 105th - Rebecca Richardson
(67.1773); 110th - Emma Critchley (66.5636); 127th -
Danielle Cooper (64.6455); 129th - Esme Lower
- Lara Hockin
Novice comp. - 6th June
We won some
12&U Skill 2
- BRONZE to Abi Garner and 13+ Skill 2 - GOLD to
Natasha Early, SILVER to Chloe Williams. Congrats
girls! and well done to all our swimmers
Mike Firmin - Lifetime Member
"It is with very
great sadness that I am passing on the news that Mike Firmin
passed away at the end of last week (27th May 2015). Mike
was one of the founder members of our Club in 1966 and dedicated
his life to Rushmoor and to synchronised swimming generally.
Mike coached many of our best swimmers across his career
(51 years), was Chairman of our Club for many years; the Chairman
of our Life Members and the first Hampshire synchro
will take place at 2pm on Friday 26 June at St
remembered for their deeds and their integrity. Mike Firmin
worked tirelessly to do things for other people, and always with
the utmost integrity. He will be sadly missed, but will
always be an integral part of Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming
Club, and his memory, values and influence will forever live on
in our Club."
Chairman - Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming
Rushmoor Hill Trophy Novice comp. - 16th May
We won some
medals: 12&U Skill 1
- GOLD to Amy Wilshaw and SILVER to
Campbell;13+ Skill 1 - SILVER
Mint and BRONZE to
This is our home
biennial competition and Potters Bar and Portsmouth and District
Synchro competed this year.
Thank all our wonderful
volunteers who did a great job, especially those that gave up their time and
didn't have someone taking part in the comp. Comments back were that the comp ran
smoothly which was our aim.
Thanks to Tania Hockin for her help in organising this event, Gio
Holbrow for assisting and learning the TM ropes and Tina Wilshaw as backup and to Brian
A special thank you to Emily (Louise's sister and not a synchro
swimmer) who was a runner but got roped in to being the medal bearer as well and she
did a splendid job, "thank you Emily :)". Sandra Love and Ann-Marie Vinnicombe did a
great job on the raffle.
Well done to all our
swimmers who competed.
National Synchro Championships, GL1 - 2nd -
3rd May 2015
We are very proud of our Champs
squad. They won SILVER in the combo event
with a great swim and sheer determination. Unfortunately, we were beaten by Bristol who
really pulled out all the
Brown won GOLD and Hannah
Randall SILVER - wow this was a battle
as just .5333 of a point between them! All our swimmers who entered figures came in
the top 21 - brilliant!
took GOLD in the free solo event with a beautiful performance to Evanescence’s My
Immortal. She has finally reached her dream of winning gold in this
in our Tech team swim with a very strong
performance - the girls were really sharp.
In the Free team swim, again we
got SILVER - the
lifts were on target and looked effortless.
Hannah and Jorga won
GOLD in the free duet. Wow it was
spectacular and a lot of people commented on how they loved the routine with the girls
closely mirroring each other.
Robyn narrowly missed out on bronze
coming 4th and were
quite nervous but should be proud of themselves as they covered the pool well with an
Well done to all
Cornick, Lucy Hockin and Mitch for passing the ASA
Level 2 - "Coaching Synchronised Swimming" (QCF) on 11th April
Brussels Open Masters, Belgium - 21st-22nd March
Well done to all our Master
swimmers - their FIRST competition in Europe
Ross - SILVER; Hayley Cornick -
Duets: Louise Ross and April
Poulter - 5th; Emma and Debbie - 7th
(by a tiny amount).
Novice comp. - 21st
We won some
medals: 13+ Skill 1 - GOLD to Josephine Connor and BRONZE to
Well done to all our swimmers who competed
and especially to those who have never competed before; a few wobbles but once they knew how it
worked everyone seemed settled and happy. A special thanks to Sue Smith who came along to
support her new group and finally managed to leave a lot later than expected for her dinner
date with her husband knowing her girls were happy to continue.
Thanks to our 2 new basic judges Sarah
Harris and Sharon Rankin - their 1st time judging; deputy TM - Tina Wilshaw whose help was an
added bonus with such a large group.
Thanks to those that volunteered although
they didn't seem to need all of us.
to Sarah Harris and
Rankin for passing the "Basic
Judges" Course on 8th March 2015.
Rushmoor Regional Beacon Programme 2015 - 2nd
There are only 4 BEACON synchronised swimming Clubs in England: Bristol, Leeds, Reading
Through this programme swimmers will have access
to extended training sessions delivering a syllabus in line
with the England Talent Development Squad, including
the same testing, protocols and technical work, under the direction of the Regional Beacon Coach. The
programme will also involve an education programme including
land training and athlete support
As part of Beacon, the Club has to run a
regional programme once a month from January through to June - our region is Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and London. The focus of the regional
programme will be to select 10-12 athletes per Beacon, that either didn’t quite make it onto an England Squad
trial or the next best athletes born in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The country has been split into 4 sections and the
clubs/athletes divided up appropriately.
We have 6 RUSHMOOR
GIRLS on this
programme: Risa Darcy, Zayna Gallacher, Abi
Garner, Karen Hibberd, Maggie Horos, Charlie
Coaches: Helen Morris - Portsmouth
Kearn - Rushmoor, and Louise Ross overseeing
Junior Champs, Istanbul - 13th-15th February
Athletes from the England Talent Synchronised Swimming
Squad competed at the European Junior Championships in the hope of qualifying for the 2015
Junior European Games to be held in June in Baku.
ENGLAND placed 5th overall and
FIVE athletes in the
England Talent Squad are from
• Jodie Cowie
• Hannah Randall
• Jorja Brown
• Lara Hockin
The Combination squad placed 4th
The duet: Jodie Cowie and Genevieve Randall placed 6th
The solo: Genevieve Randall placed 7th
The Free Team placed 3rd winning bronze (145.2408pts):
Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Jorja Brown, Jodie Cowie, Emma Critchley, Esme Lower, Genevieve
Randall, Hannah Randall, Rebecca Richardson, Danielle Cooper (Reserve), Lara Hockin
In the Figures event out of 111 athletes: A
huge congrats to Jorja and Hannah who placed in the top 20!!!
7th - Jorja Brown (72.354); 17th - Hannah Randall (71.176); 51st -
Jodie Cowie (67.214);55th - Esme Lower (66.347); 22nd - Genevieve Randall
(69.653); 66th - Phoebe Bradley-Smith (65.030); 41st - Rebecca Richardson
(67.962); 70th - Danielle Cooper (64.599); 49th - Emma Critchley
(67.257); 83rd - Lara Hockin
2015 South East Regional
2014, the South East Region supported a squad of 12 junior athletes (Zayna Gallacher was
selected from Rushmoor) with a training day in Reading and the squad went off for
6 days to a warm weather training camp in
Torremolinos, Spain during the May half
In 2015, the S.E. Regional
Squadhas been selected from the 2014
National Age Groups Figures (Top 6 11&U, Top 2 12 year olds, Top 4 13 year olds ; born in
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) and will have 2 single training days in Reading
and will go back to the warm weather training camp
in Torremolinos, Spain for 6 days during the May half term.
RUSHMOOR swimmers have been
Gallacher and Zelah
Poole -congrats girls!
| 12 & U
||13/14 athletes selected:
Rachael Newman - Reading
Madison Squire - Whitney &
Eleanor Blinkhorn - Reading
Alice Saunders - Reading
Lucy Jones -
Muir - Witney and
Zayna Gallacher -
Turrell - Reading
Teri-Faye Coupar - Reading
Jade Stovell - Portsmouth
Suzannah Turner - Hythe
Zelah Poole -
Kate Coupar (Reading) - Head Coach; Helen Morris (PV) - Team Manager and Coach and Mikki
Bennett (Henley) - Assistant
to Sarah Harris and
Johnstone for passing the ASA Level 1 - "Coaching
Synchronised Swimming" (QCF) on 22nd February 2015.
to Barbara Campbell, Mitch and Tina
Wilshaw for passing the "Basic Assessor Course" on
24th January 2015.
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