Rushmoor Synchro Lifetime Member Profiles
The following Rushmoor Synchro members have been awarded honorary life membership due to outstanding achievement:
Asha Randall, Barbara Firmin, Carolyn MacDonald, Janet Selley, Jenna Randall Sieverts, John Selley, Julie Andrews, Kerry Shacklock, Laila Vakil, Olivia Federici, Pat Koster, Robin Raynsford, Vicki Lucass
In Memory of:
Dr. Neil Wilson: 04.02.34 - 18.08.15
Mike Firmin: 27.04.29 - 27.05.15
Edna Russell: 18.03.26 - 02.08.13
Ernest A. "Curly" Grey:
Born 1990, in Ascot, Berkshire. 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 Britain.
Asha made her senior British debut two years after her elder sibling, who she credits as an inspiration, at the FINA World Trophy in 2008.
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 Olympics and retired from GB in the Summer of 2013 to move to Dubai and is working for Hamilton Acquatics. See also: Rushmoor Olympians
Carolyn MacDonald née Wilson
Born 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 Duet.
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. See also: Rushmoor Olympians
Jenna Randall Sieverts
Born 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 the women's solo event. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Jenna again won the silver medal in the women's solo event and teamed up with Olivia Federici née Allison to win silver in the women's duet. 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 the team event.
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. See also: Rushmoor Olympians
Born 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. See also: Rushmoor Olympians
Born 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 Championship. Laila is the 1995-96 national synchronised swimming champion. Rushmoor Olympians
Olivia Federici née Allison
Born 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 duet and team events. Olivia retired from G.B. in the Summer of 2013. Rushmoor Olympians
Victoria Lucass known as Vicki Lucass
Born 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. Rushmoor Olympians
In Memory Of:
Dr Neil Wilson
4 February 1934 - 18 August 2015. 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 them!
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 Rushmoor.
27 April 1929 - 27 May 2015. Mike was a founder member of Rushmoor 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.
18 March 1926 - 2 August 2013. 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 Club.
Edna was Hampshire County President in 1983 and was deeply involved for many years with synchronised swimming with Rushmoor, Hampshire County and beyond.
Tom 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.