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I Love, Love, Love Synchro

In her first update, Kelly Podbury, Somerset ASA President writes:

"Taking over the reigns from my predecessor Colin Christmas so far has been very smooth, although that may all change now. I’m not sure my reports will be as eloquent as Colin’s, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!

"My Presidential role has been very quiet in the last couple of months. I cannot believe I’ve been President for nearly 2 months - time does fly.

"I had the great privilege of being invited to help at this year’s Somerset ASA County Championships for Synchronised/Artistic swimming.  Held in a small pool in Culverhay, Bath with competitors from both Taunton and Team Bath Synchro, it was a great afternoon of sport to watch and support.

Somerset ASA County Synchro Championships 2019

"If you haven’t experienced a synchro warm up, you really must. For a speed swimmer it looks totally chaotic, but the spatial awareness of these swimmers is second to none.  I was lucky enough to volunteer a few years ago at the National Age Groups held in GL1. It was an amazing experience and I have to say it was emulated this weekend in Bath.

"I think a total of 29 swimmers competed in the Figures competition, being judged on 3 different figures (shapes and movements, is the best way I can describe figures) - all wearing black costumes and white hats, all very dressed down for Synchro swimmers! 

"However then came the solos and I think of the 29 competitors at least 26 of them did a solo.  Bright sparkly swimsuits, bobbles, flowers and even some stars in the hair and smiles from ear to ear.  The Synchro strut as I like to refer to it sets the scene for the routine; shoulders back, chin up and being proud to perform shone through with every competitor.

"I was an emotional wreck after all the solos, welling up at the standard and ability of each and every artist. The interpretation of the music, dramatic or soothing was brilliant. Lots of underwater prep resulted in dramatic performances on and above the water. How they can propel themselves so high out of the water with just their hands is incredible.  I started each routine by toe tapping, then I was crying at the content and execution and then clapping with glee.  I love, love, love Synchro.

"Thank you for inviting me, I had a thoroughly great afternoon and it was a pleasure to be able to shake the hands of each competitor when presenting their medals and trophies.  Thanks must also go to all the volunteers, working hard to organise and execute the event and to all the support given to the swimmers by their families and friends.  Any sport takes a level of dedication and synchro is no different. It just looks beautiful.

"Keep up the hard work ladies, you make your sport and County very proud."

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