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Dr Neil Wilson - Lifetime Member (18.08.15)

It is with very great sadness that I am passing on the news that Dr Neil Wilson passed away on Tuesday 18th August 2015. Neil was Carolyn Macdonald's father, and one of the founder members of our Club, and a Life Member. It is doubly sad that Neil has 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. At Mike's recent funeral we heard stories of Neil and Mike spending quite a lot of time at work discussing the scientific aerodynamics involved in synchronized swimming, which was probably typical of both of them!

Dr Wilson 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.

Neil's funeral was held on Monday 7th September 2015.

Brian Gegg
Chairman - Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club

1st Beacon Games, Bristol - 11th July 2015

CONGRATS to Zayna Gallacher (Rushmoor) who came 2nd in the Beacon Games 13-15 figures comp. winning SILVER.

Our Rushmoor Beacon squad consisted of 3 Rushmoor, 4 Portsmouth Victoria, 2 Barnet Copthall swimmers:

12 & U: 9th - Daisy Gunn (54.6570); 19th - Abi Garner (52.7441); 28th - Risa Darcy (50.5604).

13/15: 2nd - Zayna Gallacher (56.7111); 5th - Lucy Clanfield (54.8519); 7th - Jekatarina Zeddam (54.5481); 12th - Laura Benson (53.1926); 13th - Hazel Parke (52.2592); 16th - Karina Breen-Cusido ( 50.5629).

Open 13/15: 14th - Ella Rose (EDS) (55.9111).

"You did our Club proud with your 'Peter Pan' display which I thought was one of the cleanest as well as your calm, collected behaviour and very notably was your sportsmanship - well done girls!!"

Bristol Central Synchro Club hosted the first Synchro Beacon Games at Soundwell Pool, Bristol on Saturday 11th July 2015.

This was a regional figures competition open to those on the Regional Beacon Programmes (Leeds, Reading, Rugby & Rushmoor), England development, and all other ASA registered swimmers who fall within the 9-12 and 13-15 age category and who hold skill level 2 or above.

Medals were awarded to the top three swimmers in each age group from the Regional Beacon squads and to the top three swimmers in the open figures comp. A trophy was also awarded to the overall winning Regional Beacon squad. All 4 Beacon squads and England development squad performed a short display of the England "Peter Pan" routine at the end of the competition.

The competition will showcase talent from those on the ASA Beacon Programme – a talent development pathway created to help young athletes reach their full potential. The ASA’s Beacon Programmes are in place to support the regional swim21 networks of clubs and each programme provides regular access for a regionally selected group of swimmers to long course training, sports science support services and educational programmes as an enhancement to their club programmes.

Warwickshire/Staffordshire Championships - 4th July 2015

A huge congratulations to our U19 rec. team who won GOLD at the Warwickshire/Staff comp. on Saturday coached by Debbie Carpenter and Hayley Cornick. This is the 2nd year running that this team has won gold! Alice Bell from our 15-18 team, who is a duo member represented her figures Club 'Barnet Copthall' and swam a solo and placed 5th and in the 17/18 figures comp. came 2nd winning SILVER and in the open figures comp. got BRONZE.

Great results everyone!

Hampshire Age Groups - 20th June 2015

We won 6 medals: 12&U - GOLD to Risa Darcy; SILVER to Amy Wilshaw; 13-15 - BRONZE to Zayna Gallacher; 15-18 - GOLD to Robyn Stanhope; SILVER to Alice Bell and BRONZE to Celina Dembinska-Kenner.

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 Stanhope. Congrats girls!

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 Croatia.

"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 competition.

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 Cup: Rushmoor - 55 pts PVSC - 40 pts

Junior European Games, Baku - 12th - 16th June 2015

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.

FIVE athletes in the England Talent Squad are from RUSHMOOR:

• Jodie Cowie

• Hannah Randall

• Jorja Brown

• Danielle Cooper

• Lara Hockin

The Combination squad placed 10th (75.9000pts).

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 (Reserve).

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 Bradley-Smith (67.800); 105th - Rebecca Richardson (67.1773); 110th - Emma Critchley (66.5636); 127th - Danielle Cooper (64.6455); 129th - Esme Lower (64.6182); 137th - Lara Hockin (62.4227).

Reading Novice comp. - 6th June 2015

We won some medals: 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 who competed.

Mike Firmin - Lifetime Member (27.05.15)

It is with very great sadness that I am passing on the news that Mike Firmin passed away on 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 secretary.

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.

Brian Gegg
Chairman - Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club

Rushmoor Hill Trophy Novice comp. - 16th May 2015

We won some medals: 12&U Skill 1 - GOLD to Amy Wilshaw and SILVER to Amy Campbell;13+ Skill 1 - SILVER to Jessica-Lucy Mint and BRONZE to Pippa Schulp. Congrats girls!

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 Gegg presenting/announcing.

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 stops.

In figures, Jorja 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!

Hannah Randall also 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 event!

We got SILVER 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 Jorja 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.

Alice and 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 impressive swim.

Well done to all our swimmers.

Brussels Open Masters, Belgium - 21st - 22nd March 2015

Well done to all our Master swimmers - their FIRST competition in Europe and great results!!!!

Solo's: Louise Ross - SILVER; Hayley Cornick - 6th

Duets: Louise Ross and April Poulter - 5th; Emma and Debbie - 7th

Tech Team: GOLD

Combo Team: SILVER (by a tiny amount).