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Rushmoor Regional Beacon Programme 2017 - 4th year

There are only 4 BEACON synchronised swimming Clubs in England: Bristol, Leeds, Reading and Rushmoor (4th year as a Beacon Club). (This is the final year of Beacon funding.) 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 and then compete in the Beacon Games in July - our region is Surrey, Hampshire and London. The focus of the regional programme will be to select 10 - 15 athletes per Beacon, that either didn’t quite make it onto an England Squad trial or the next best athletes born in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The country has been split into 4 sections and the clubs/athletes divided up appropriately.

We have 5 RUSHMOOR SWIMMERS on this programme: Abi Garner, Louise Love, India Rankin, Olivia Robinson and Eloise Viney.

The squad - U12s:

  • Eloise Viney
  • Florence Ford (LDN)
  • Maddie Brown (PV)


  • Abi Garner
  • Anna Sagoo (LDN)
  • Claire Kelly (LDN)
  • Evie Reynolds (LDN)
  • India Rankin
  • Louise Love
  • Maria Smith-Fernandez (PV)
  • Megan Cosgrove (LDN)
  • Olivia Robinson
  • Ruby Boast (PV)
  • Thiri Thein (LDN)
  • Yessane Rimbon (LDN)

Regional Beacon Coach: Louise Ross - Rushmoor; Coaches: Rhiannon Williams - Portsmouth Victoria and Leonie Kearn - Rushmoor.

2016 Swimmer(s) of the Month

December 2016 - Charlotte King & Alex Thickett

November 2016 - Andrea Holland

October 2016 - Hannah James & Rosie Gunn

September 2016 - Not awarded

August 2016 - Olivia Pearce

July 2016 - Zayna Gallacher

June 2016 - Alex Thickett

May 2016 - Andrea Holland

Apr 2016 - Champs Team

Mar 2016 - Not awarded

Jan / Feb 2016 - Sophie McCarthy

National Age groups: Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December 2016

This was a tough weekend to navigate with so many moving parts! and having our recreational teams split over Saturday/Sunday with the competitive teams. A huge thank you goes out to our team of volunteers who were brilliant and without them giving up their time we wouldn't have run as smoothly:
Margaret Woolley - judging and Mitch - Head TM for 3 LONG days of and being poolside from early morning to the last person left standing after the days’ event; Alison Thickett - assisting TM, who discovered how much behind the scenes work/planning there is that parents/swimmers don't realise there is to do especially in anticipating any plan b's etc; Deborah Jackson, Tina Wilshaw, Jane Randall for assisting and having them helping was so important with the number of swimmers we were shifting around; Sonia Dembinska for being our Club volunteer at the event and Barbara Campbell for being taxi when Margaret and Mitch needed transport. Coaches - a big “thanks” for your hard work throughout the year! and getting your teams to performance level for this competition.


12&U rec. finished 19th on 43.5000pts and swam the routine to “Monsters University”: Harriet Clowes, Hannah Coppock, Lana Darcy, Gabriella Dineen, Faye Hyde, Olivia Pearce, Harriet Price, Simona Rosu, Isobella Thompson, Poppy Rixson-Wright, Francesca Rice. Coached by Hannah Randall.

13/14 rec. Team 1 finished 5th on 53.9333pts and swam the routine to “Kingsman”: Grace Andrews, Grace Balchin, Jess Bosworth, Alex Ellerington, Yasmin Grist, Annaliese McCarthy, Lucy McGirr, India Rankin, Thea Schirvanian, Amy Wilshaw. Coached by Emma Adams.

13/14 rec. Team 2 finished 15th on 45.2667pts and swam the routine to “Kingsman”: Emily Lawrence, Emily Tapley, Kimberley Duguid, Lily Muir, Olive Wallace. Coached by Sammie Mattinson

15/17 rec. finished 3rd winning BRONZE on 55.3000pts and swam the routine to “Divergent”: Josephine Connor, Natasha Early, Minnie Gray, Sophie McCarthy, Jessica Mint, Lauren Nash, Pippa Schulp, Jemima Smillie, Helena Sullivan. Coached by Debbie Carpenter and Hayley Cornick.

12&U comp. finished 8th on 106.5155pts and swam the routine to a “Samba” compilation: Abi Garner, Alex Thickett, Amber Hart, Amy Campbell, Eloise Viney, Katharine Jackson,Louise Love, Regan Woods, Grace Godfrey (R). Coached by Emily Randall and Lucy Hockin

13/15 comp. finished 5th on 115.7543pts and swam the routine to a “Pan” compilation: Bella Harris Johnstone, Charlie Trigg, Ella Rose, Maggie Horos, Olivia Robinson, Risa Darcy, Zayna Gallacher, Zelah Poole, Charlotte Reed (R), Tara McManus (R). Coached by Sam Tomlinson.

15/18 Guns finished 1st winning GOLD on 137.2679pts and swam the routine to “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”: Celina Dembinska-Kenner, Chloe Thickett, Claire Harris, Emma Critchley, Hannah James, Imogen Smith, Victoria Usher, Zoe James, Danielle Cooper (R).
Coached by Louise Ross and April Poulter with Kate Poulter assisting.

15/18 Roses finished 5th on 120.7789pts and swam the routine to “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”: Alice Bell, Francesca Sole, Megan Randall, Millie Grinham, Rosie Gunn, Savannah Gracey.
Coached by Louise Ross and April Poulter with Kate Poulter assisting.


12&U: 8th - Alex Thickett (61.4312); 11th - Abi Garner (59.3555); 16th - Louise Love (57.8888); 46th - Eloise Viney (53.4311); 65th - Katharine Jackson (51.1200); 77th - Regan Woods (50.3377); 84th - Amber Hart (48.4711); 92nd - Grace Godfrey (46.9956); 98th - Amy Campbell (45.8221).

13/15: 12th - Zayna Gallacher (60.0039); 24th - Risa Darcy (57.3940); 29th - Bella Harris-Johnstone (56.8258); 50th - Charlotte Reed (54.4734); 53rd - Charlie Trigg (54.1781); 54th - Olivia Robinson - (54.1591); 56th - India Rankin (54.1326); 59th - Tara McManus (53.9167); 74th - Grace Andrews (52.9167); 79th - Magdalena Horos (52.5757); 84th - Ella Rose (52.3826); 90th - Zelah Poole (51.8485).

15/18: 3rd - Emma Critchley (71.8229); 5th - Danielle Cooper (68.5706); 8th - Victoria Usher (66.6395); 9th - Celina Dembinska-Kenner (65.6516); 10th - Hannah James (65.2523); 11th - Imogen Smith (64.9339); 12th - Alice Bell (64.7596); 13th - Zoe James (64.0571); 14th - Claire Harris (63.0391); 18th - Rosie Gunn (61.6247); 20th - Chloe Thickett (60.4805); 23rd - Millie Grinham (59.8649); 27th - Savannah Gracey (58.4114); 33rd - Megan Randall (57.2973); 55th - Francesca Sole (52.9159).


12&U: 8th - Alex Thickett (115.7979); 11th - Abi Garner (111.4222);

13/15: 9th - Zayna Gallacher (118.1706).

15/18: 5th - Danielle Cooper (136.0373); 6th - Victoria Usher (132.6062); 7th - Alice Bell (128.9263); 11th - Chloe Thickett (122.9138).


12&U: 6th - Abi Garner and Alex Thickett (116.9267).

13/15: 4th - Zayna Gallacher and Bella Harris-Johnstone (119.6482).

15/18: 2nd - Claire Harris and Hannah James (135.0457); 3rd - Rosie Gunn and Victoria Usher (129.9321).

2015 Swimmer(s) of the Month

December 2016 - Lily Muir

November 2015 - Emma Adams

October 2015 - Alex Ellerington

September 2015 - Hannah James

August 2015 - Not awarded

July 2015 - Zayna Gallacher

June 2015 - Lara Hockin & Robyn Stanhope

May 2015 - Hannah Randall

Apr 2015 - Ella Smith

Mar 2015 - Lauren Nash

Feb 2015 - Jorja Brown

Jan 2015 - Minnie Gray

Baku Medals - 10th October 2015

Four of our five Rushmoor swimmers who represented G.B. (Hannah, Lara, Jorja and Danielle) at the Baku 2015 European Games in June brought their medals to a team evening to show all our swimmers.

Baku Medals


to the following 10 Rushmoor swimmers who have been selected for the 2015/16 England Senior and/or Junior Squads:

  • Hannah Randall, Jodie Cowie, Jorja Brown - Senior squad
  • Danielle Cooper, Claire Harris, Zoe James - Senior and Junior squad
  • Lara Hockin, Celina Dembinska-Kenner, Hannah James, Torrie Usher - Junior squad

S.E. Recreation Regionals - 26th September 2015

All 3 of our recreational teams medalled!!!!

Our U12 and U19 rec. teams won GOLD and our 13-15 rec team tied winning BRONZE.

It's been a few years since all our rec teams have medalled at this comp. so CONGRATS to our swimmers and coaches, you did a brilliant job and it was so great to hear "Rushmoor" announced in every age group.

A big "thank you" to our volunteers: Margaret, Louise R. and Susie S.; Gio for being a TM as well as Zayna who helped out with the younger swimmers and to Amy W. who came along to support everyone.

Great results everyone!

Rushmoor U12s Rushmoor U13-15s Rushmoor U19

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!