Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club News

KSSC Masters Travel to Brussels

March 2018

 

On the 23rd of March 2018 the Kingston Synchro Masters Squad boarded the Eurostar for the Brussels Open Masters Championships. With new kit and a series of new routines we were excited to see what competitors from the UK and Europe would make of the new choreography!

 

Lucy Whatley Solo: Kanye & Planet Earth

 

On the morning of day one Lucy Whatley entered into the highly competitive 25-29 age category and performed her technical solo routine. To a medley of Kanye West hits Lucy impressed the crowd and judges with a confident and sharp performance, with that much-loved Whatley trade mark party edge! Later that day and after a few Jaffa Cakes for added energy, Lucy performed a free routine solo. With uplifting music from Planet Earth, and a tropical bird-inspired costume Lucy once again invigorated the crowd with an impressive performance and those essential splits (see picture 1 below). Lucy finished an impressive 5th place, scoring highest for musical interpretation and choreography. Well done Lucy!! 

 

Louise Chambers & Laura Lindley Duet: Moana & Witches

 

Later on, Laura Lindley and Louise Chambers (yep, Kingston Synchro Chairwoman!) took to the pool for their Moana tech performance, competing in the 30-39 age category. A brand new and incredibly speedy routine the girls did their best to command the difficult choreography. Scoring highly for their fishtail and ballet leg elements the girls achieved a 61.79 for the routine, placing them in third place, out of seventeen duets going into the next round. The next day they performed their witches themed free routine to music from Beetlejuice, Coraline and Hansel & Gretel. Another difficult routine, the girls scowled dramatically through the performance for added effect and scored highly on overall impression. The highest scores they received were given for difficulty and choreography, which is very much thanks to Head Coach Collette Crow. Louise and Laura retained their third place and received a bronze medal on the podium. 

 

Kingston Synchro Masters Combination Team: Wonder Woman

Swimmers: Rachael Stevens, Ciara Rooney, Chloe Fletcher, Katie Holland, Laura Lindley, Lucy Whatley and Louise Chambers

 

With a tight window from National Masters Champs in November, Coach Collette and the team only had 4 months to turn around an entirely new routine, and let's face it with Christmas included let's make that 3 months! With music from Run Boy Run, Wonder Woman and Doctor Who, it was a powerful routine with plenty of canons, sharp figures and highlight lifts. Despite the nervousness, a wobbly warm up swim, and a couple of last minute choreography changes, the girls all swam very well, finishing 8th overall in a very competitive category. Scoring highly for manner of presentation, musical interpretation and choreography the girls extend their thanks to coaches Collette Crow and Michelle Golding for their creation of the routine.

 

Kingston Synchro Achievements

December 2017

 

 

Congratulations to four of our girls who achieved, on this snowy day, their Grade 1. Esme Jones, Ellie Holland, Acantha Edwards and Livy Crow (left to right) have been working hard towards their grades the weeks prior to assessment day. 

 

 

Eliza Bell (Right) attended the assessment day as well. Eliza trained for her Grade 2 along side coaching on a Saturday morning. She, with all the other girls, have been working incredibly hard and it has all paided off.

 

What a fantastic achievement, Kingston Synchro is extremely proud of you all.

 

Well Done!

WATER NINJA CHALLENGE 

February 2018

 A new and exciting project for the club... The Water Ninja Challenge 2018 aims to bring boys to our club and our sport.

 

Boys (and girls) aged 7+ are invited to sign up to a 6 month challenge starting in February next year. Coached by the club’s top coaches the new squad (or ninjas) will meet once per week in Sunbury-on-Thames to learn basic synchro skills and some impressive acrobatic lifts.

 

The course has been designed with plenty of games, races and short activities to engage new swimmers with the sport, and will finish with an acrobatic performance in the Kingston Synchro Summer Show 2018.

 

If your son or daughter would like to try something new, or if you’d like more information on the challenge, get in touch today!

 

7:30pm Every Wednesday from Feb 2018

Bishop Wand School Pool

Sunbury-on-Thames 

 

waterninjas@hotmail.com

Kingston Ladies Becomes Kingston Synchro

October 2017

Synchronised swimming has been an Olympic sport since 1984, but only ever as an event for women.

After much campaigning this now looks like it might be all set to change. Here's hoping...

 

In 2015, world aquatics governing body FINA added a mixed duet event to the schedule for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. European governing body LEN followed suit a year later at the European Championships in London.

 

In the UK, male synchronised swimmers were invited to compete at both the National Masters Championships and National Age Group Championships in 2016.

 

Given the progression of synchronised swimming towards becoming a gender neutral sport,  Surrey's very own synchronised swimming club decided it was time for a shake up too.  The Executive Committee of "Kingston Ladies Swimming Club" elected to rename the Club over the summer of 2017.

Kingston Synchro Take The Plunge at Swim Serpentine

Swim Serpentine, Hyde Park, London
September 2017

 

 

This weekend (16th September 2017) Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club (KSSC), and Out to Swim Synchro took to the Serpentine in Hyde Park London as part of open water event Swim Serpentine.
 

Both clubs along with Swim England were not only keen to support the open water swimmers, but to show spectators what synchronised swimmers are made of. KSSC and Out To Swim both braved the exceptionally chilly water without wetsuits to show spectators some fantastic synchronised swimming routines. Both clubs train and compete in the London and Surrey regions.

 

Kingston Synchro took to the lake first, like ducks to water, to perform a series of movements to the Harry Potter soundtrack. Displaying synchronicity despite the cold water the masters swimmers of KSSC managed to smile through the routine.

Out To Swim were up next, with their masters swimming offering their routine to the Chicago sound track. The swimmers used hats and sticks as show props to deliver a creative and entertaining routine.

 

Swim England together with invited affiliated clubs hosted information tents and displays to promote swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming to Swim Serpentine swimmers and spectators. Despite interruption by a couple of confused swans, the event was a success with plenty of spectators and interest from local coffee shop crowds.

 

 

Kingston Synchro Masters Take on the World

Budapest
August 2017

 

August 2017 saw a team from Kingston Synchro Masters Team (Swordalina) travel to Budapest to compete in the World Masters Championships.  The venue was spectacular, with two temporary pools being built at the bottom of Vajdahunyad Castle in the centre of Budapest. 
 

It was an intense week with seven days of non-stop competing and training.  The atmosphere was great and the crowd cheered loudly, despite the soaring summer temperatures!
 

The first event was the solo competition which saw Rachael Stevens enter the 25-29 age group.  Rachael performed a tech routine to music from Inception, followed by her free routine to the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean. Rachael swam incredibly well and finished in 27thplace overall… a great achievement for her first ever World Championships event.

 

Next up were the duets. Age group 25-29 saw Louise Chambers and Laura Gee compete with a technical duet to the opening music from Beetlejuice, and a Rio Carnival theme free duet. The duo held their own in an unbelievably tough event finishing 18th in the world, a great result for Surrey and Great Britain!
 

The much awaited combination team event was the last one to swim on the Sunday.  In high spirits with their Harry Potter themed routine Kingston Synchro finished in 13th place, an impressive accomplishment. The long hours and hard work definitely paid off for the athletes and they're looking forward to the National Masters Championships later on this year in Rugby.
 

 

Kingston Synchro Juniors See Success at the Middlesex Regional Championships


Southgate, London
June 2017

 

The Competition

This annual event sees girls aged eight to fifteen compete in their age group for much coveted rankings and medals. For the first part of the competition, each age group needs to display four figures to a panel of judges, who score the girls out of ten. This year saw a large number of swimmers from five local clubs compete. 
Left: Katie Wallace collects her bronze medal.

Success in Figures

Katie Wallace successfully beat eighteen other girls to be placed third in her age 10-12 category, her score for the inverted split position was the highest in her group. Livy Crow came first for her fantastic figure performance, beating second place by over 1.5 points! Amelia Farr and Esme Jones also came first in their categories winning another two gold medals in the 15-18 categories.
Right: Livy Crow collects her gold medal.

 

Second Round: Routines

For the second round of the competition KSSC journeyed to Southgate once more to compete in the routines part of the competition. In this event the swimmers perform a group routine to a piece of music of their choice. The routines are three and a half minutes long and must show strength, endurance, creativity and skill. 
Left: AuroraTeam with their bronze medals

 

Medal Time

Once again Kingston Synchro saw fantastic results. Our Oceanita and Aurora teams both placed third and each swimmer took away a bronze medal. Dolphin team also swam brilliantly, especially considering it was the team’s first ever competition.

Well done to all for such a successful competition, superbly representing the county as Surrey’s only synchro club!
Right: Amelia Farr collecting her gold medal.

The girls did so well, that we received local news coverage in the Wimbledon Guardian (27th July 2017). 

 

Click here to read the article. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any queries or concerns?

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