Synchro Swimming: Jazmine wins for second year running

Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club celebrated their year’s achievements with a presentation evening which saw the  prestigious Swimmer of the Year award presented to popular winner Jazmine Stanzbury.

On hand to present some of the trophies were Alan Porton, business development manager of the the Reading Post, sponsors of the club, and Robert Kenny from 107fm.

In the past the awards have been presented at the Christmas show but because of the competition structure last year, they were not able to put on the show and an awards evening was organised.

The coach of the year award was presented to Di Singh, chief coach for the club, who leads her management team to provide a club training plan that enables swimmers to reach their full potential.She works constantly with all age swimmers and it was these swimmers who recognised the help and support that she has given throughout the whole year.

All the coaches were also recognised by the swimmers and parents as they give hours of time voluntarily to enable swimmers to train and gain medals and personal achievements throughout the year.

The second medal was for choreographer of the year. This was chosen by the committee and was presented to Kate Coupar as recognition of the hard work she has put into the choreography of routines within the club. She was involved in choreographing many of the routines as well as providing support and help for those choreographed by others.

The Pete Machin Award for the swimmer in the 12 and under age group was awarded to Kerry Rothery. Her coaches recommended her for the award as recognition of her hard work and dedication to swimming throughout the whole year. She was part of the silver medal winning 12 and under team and worked hard to pass the necessary grades.

A new award was presented to the swimmer in the 13 /14 age group who the coaches decided had worked hard throughout the year. The Morris Trophy was awarded to Victoria Harris for her application to synchro and her willingness to smile even when working hard.

The Ford Trophy is awarded to the swimmer in the 15/17 age group who again has worked over the year. Alex Harris was awarded the Ford Trophy for her determination throughout the year despite being ill and having to take time off. Her dedication and commitment was rewarded as she was the top 15 year old swimmer at national age group competition at the end of last year

The final award was for the Swimmer of the Year where the coaches nominate the swimmers and then each swimmer votes for the person they think deserves the trophy so it combines both coach and club swimmers. The nominations this year were Ava Pierro, Jenny Godding, Jazmine Stanzbury and Helen Morris. It was a close vote but it was Jazmine who was announced the winner for the second year in a row. Her hard work within the club and her cheerful attitude towards all age group swimmers ensured she collected the rose bowl again.

Jenny Gray, a member of the club but also chairman of the ASA Technical committee presented the club chairman Anne Morris with the Swim 21 Certificate. This is a qualification the club achieved last year that recognised the structure and management of the club and its achievements through meeting targets set by the ASA. Reading Royals is the only synchronised swimming club to have achieved this award.

All swimmers who achieved grades during the year were also recognised as well as all those coaches and officials that had attended courses and training.

The awards were followed by a tasty buffet organised by Helen Eaton and a disco.

The club would like to thank Sarah Buckley for organising such a good evening that was well attended and enjoyed by all.

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