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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).

S.E. Novice comp. - 21st March 2015

We won some medals: 13+ Skill 1 - GOLD to Josephine Connor and BRONZE to Jessica-Lucy Mint.

Congrats girls!

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.

Euro Junior Champs, Istanbul - 13th - 15th February 2015

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 HAVE QUALIFIED!

FIVE athletes in the England Talent Squad are from RUSHMOOR:

  • Jodie Codie
  • Hannah Randall
  • Jorja Brown
  • Lara Hockin
  • Danielle Cooper

The Combination squad placed 4th (74.1667pts).

The duet: Jodie Cowie and Genevieve Randall placed 6th (75.8667pts).

The solo: Genevieve Randall placed 7th (74.6667pts)

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 (Reserve).

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 (63.521).

Rushmoor Regional Beacon Programme 2015 - 2nd year

There are only 4 BEACON synchronised swimming Clubs in England: Bristol, Leeds, Reading and Rushmoor.

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 services.

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 Trigg

Coaches: Helen Morris - Portsmouth Victoria, Leonie Kearn - Rushmoor, and Louise Ross overseeing everything.


2015 South East Regional Squad

In 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 term.

In 2015, the S.E. Regional Squad has 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.

2 RUSHMOOR swimmers have been selected:

  • Zayna Gallacher
  • Zelah Poole

congrats girls!

12 & U athletes selected:
Rachael Newman - Reading Madison Squire - Whitney & District Eleanor Blinkhorn - Reading Alice Saunders - Reading Lucy Jones - Reading Phoebe Muir - Witney and District

13/14 athletes selected:
Zayna Gallacher - Rushmoor Izzy Turrell - Reading Teri-Faye Coupar - Reading Jade Stovell - Portsmouth Victoria Suzannah Turner - Hythe Zelah Poole - Rushmoor

Kate Coupar (Reading) - Head Coach; Helen Morris (PV) - Team Manager and Coach and Mikki Bennett (Henley) - Assistant Coach.