The following members have been awarded honorary life membership due to
Randall, born 6 April 1990, in
Asha is a British competitor in synchronized swimming and 18 months younger than her
sister Jenna who together became the second sister act to earn London 2012 selection for
Asha made her senior British debut two
years after her elder sibling, who she credits as an inspiration, at the FINA World Trophy in
She followed Jenna into the sport, joining
Rushmoor aged seven, and acted as reserve to her sister and Olivia Federici at the Beijing
Olympics. Asha represented Great Britain in the
team event at the 2012 London Olympicsand retired from
GB in the Summer of 2013 to move to Dubai and is working for Hamilton Acquatics.
(Click here to see
article on our Rushmoor Olympians)
MacDonald, born 11
March 1959, in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Caroline is one of Great
Britain's most successful
synchronised swimmers. She was European Solo Champion in 1981, 1983 and 1985, becoming the first
British woman swimmer to win a European gold medal three times in succession. With the Duet
and Team wins in 1981 and 1983 Carolyn holds a total of 7 European Gold medals.
Carolyn swam in the 1984 Los AngelesOlympics (1984 Summer Olympics) gaining a 4th place in the
Carolyn choreographed the synchronised
swimming scenes in the Kenneth Branagh film Love's Labour's Lost (2000
film) and has
appeared on a number of television programmes such as Jim'll Fix It, The Generation Game and How Do They Do That?, she was also one of the swimmers in
the Carling Black
Label UK TV advert
"Lady of the Lake".
Carolyn retired from competitive
synchronised swimming in August 1985. She has helped coach the Rushmoor British Champs team
to victory with Louise Ross née Woolley. (Click here to see article on our
Randall, born 20 September
1988, in Ascot, Berkshire.
Jenna is a British competitor in synchronized
swimming and a Commonwealth
Games silver medallist. She was born in Ascot,
Berkshire and educated at Hurst Lodge School, Ascot and is also the older sister
of fellow synchronized swimmer Asha Randall.
Jenna first competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 in Melbourne where she won the silver medal in
women's solo event. At the 2010
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Jenna again won the silver medal in
women's solo event and teamed up
with Olivia Federici nee Allison to win silver in the
Jenna has competed at two Olympic
Games. In Beijing
2008 she finished fourteenth in the
duet event with Olivia Federici, while at the London
2012 Games she finished ninth in the
duet, again with Olivia and sixth in
In December 2011, Jenna was one of 12 British female sporting celebrities
who posed for Clara Maidment a charity calendar in aid of Wellbeing of Women, in the lingerie of Nichole de Carle,
wearing jewellery by Salima Hughes and Coster Diamonds. In April
2013, Jenna was made a life member of Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club.
Jenna retired from G.B. in the Summer of 2013 and in October 2013 went to
Montreal, Canada to train and started with Cirque Du Soleil in
the Las Vegas show 'O' in January 2014. (Click here to see article on our Rushmoor
30 October 1971.
Kerry is a former British synchronised swimmer who represented Great Britain at
the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, finishing seventh in the solo event
and sixth in the duet with Laila Vakil. Kerry
won two bronze medals at the 1993 European Championships. She is also a four-time
Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Kerry has been National Champion six times.
(Click here to see
article on our Rushmoor
Laila Vakil, born 21 March 1974.
Laila was a professional
synchronised swimmer for 9 years before she went to Drama school and was chosen to represent
Great Britain in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and came a tremendous 6th in the duet with partner
Kerry Shacklock. In Salerno, Italy, in 1991 Laila became the Worlds' Junior Figure
Champion and won Silver medal in the Solo event, and furthermore is the only British Synchro
Swimmer to win a medal in a World
Laila is the 1995-96 national synchronised
swimming champion. (Click here to see article on our Rushmoor
Federici née Allison, born 13 February 1990, in Plymouth.
Olivia is a British synchronized
swimmer. Olivia's most notable achievements to date are winning four consecutive gold medals at
the British Synchronized Swimming Championships from 2004 to 2007. Olivia has competed at numerous
European and World Championships and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she finished in 14th
position in the duet event.
Following the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, in
which she participated with Jenna Randall who has been her partner since before the 2006
Commonwealth Games, she was ranked 8th in the duet. Olivia won
the silver medal in the duet competition at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and represented
Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the
Olivia retired from G.B. in the Summer of 2013. (Click here to see article on our Rushmoor
Victoria Lucass known as Vicki
Lucass, born 11 September
1990, in Frimley,Surrey.
Vicki is a British synchronized swimmer andrepresented Great Britain in the
team event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Vicki retired from G.B. in the Summer of 2013. (Click here to see article on our
In Memory of:
Dr Neil Wilson, born 4 February 1934 - 18 August
Neil was Carolyn Macdonald's father, and one of
the founder members of our Club. It is doubly sad that Neil passed away so soon after his
great friend Mike Firmin.
Neil dedicated a huge part of his life to Rushmoor, to synchronised
swimming in general and to the synchro career of his daughter, Carolyn. He was Chairman of
our Club, and in later years a constant guiding influence as a Life Member. Neil was a
physicist specialising in engineering and metallurgy, and he worked with Mike Firmin in research at
Farnborough airport. Neil and Mike spent quite a lot of time at work discussing the
scientific aerodynamics involved in synchronized swimming, which was probably typical of both of
Neil was a man of great morals and integrity, and a complete
gentleman at all times.
So our Club loses another of its great characters, but we are left
with Neil's abiding memory, legacy and guiding influence which we must now take forward to fuel a
new generation of swimmers and parents at
born 27 April 1929 - 27 May
Mike was a founder member of Rusmoor
Synchronised Swimming Club which was originally founded in 1966 at the Command Baths, Aldershot and
it was called the Queens Parade Life Saving and Synchronised Swimming Club.
Mike dedicated his life (51 years) to Rushmoor and to
synchronised swimming generally. Mike coached many of Rushmoor's best swimmers
across his career, was Chairman of our Club for many years; the Chairman of our Life Members
and the first Hampshire synchro secretary and he was President of the Hampshire Association in
1977 and again in 2000.
People are 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.
1926 - 2 August
Edna was a founder member of
Rusmoor Synchronised Swimming Club which was originally founded in 1966 at the Command Baths,
Aldershot and it was called the Queens Parade Life Saving and Synchronised Swimming
Edna was Hampshire County President in 1983 and was deeply involved for
many years with synchronised swimming with Rushmoor, Hampshire County and beyond.
Kennedy, was a Founder member of Rusmoor Synchronised Swimming Club which was originally
founded in 1966 at the Command Baths, Aldershot and it was called the Queens Parade Life
Saving and Synchronised Swimming Club.
Tom was the Chief Instructor, at the Aldershot Command Baths, and had seen a
Canadian teacher on an exchange visit practicing in the pool. Inspired by what he saw he
quickly had a small group of enthusiastic girls ready to give it a try. Over the years the
group swelled as more and more girls became interested in the sport, but before joining they
had to be able to pass a rigorous swimming test (nothing changes). Rushmoor Synchronised
Swimming Club was renamed in 1967.