Synchronised swimming club Tauranga Synchro came away from the 2014 Nationals in Wellington this month with a record-breaking haul of medals.
The team took every possible Team, Solo and Figures title, resulting in Tauranga Synchro being named New Zealand's top club for 2014.
Members of Tauranga Synchro team warming up before the competition. Left to right: Isobel Pettit, Colleen Fahy, Eden Worsley, Janaya Worthington, Jazzlee Thomas, Amy Lowans, Eva Morris, Sophie Ning. Photo: Von Photography.
The winning routines ranged from James Bond, to friendship, to Elvis, “wowing judges” and outdoing competitors from Auckland and Wellington.
Alongside the members' undeniable skill, head coach Julieta Diaz puts their success down to hard work and team support.
“These girls have formed very close bonds working hard together in a team and after winning gold with their routine at North Islands in June 2014, they had the confidence to build on that success and go on to win gold again at Nationals.”
Julieta has been working hard with founding coach Nola Younger to concentrate on all of the age-group teams.
“Teams have been our main focus for 2014,” she adds. “This has paid off with the club winning National Champion titles in all of the team categories.
“The girls have worked and trained extremely hard, both at an individual level and in their teams to achieve their goals this year, with girls training 3-5 times a week, depending on their age.”
The club also did exceptionally well in the Duet and Solo divisions.
Nola says: “These duets are built on hard work and strong friendships, which leads to a great understanding of each other both in and out of the water.”
Club chairperson Shirley Hooper describes the historic results as “very satisfying”.
She says: “We had an amazing Nationals! Apart from the hours of dedicated training, the girls pride themselves on great teamwork, and more importantly, a great team spirit.
“The main strength of the Club comes from not only the talent of each swimmer, but also the amazing support we get from the families and parents of all our girls - from the creation of togs and pre-routine hair and makeup to ensuring the club runs smoothly behind the scenes.
“The Club is also very thankful for the ongoing strong support from Sport BOP and the Coachforce programme.”
Tauranga Synchro are always looking for new swimmers to grow the Club further. There will be a ‘Have a Go' day at Baywave at 9am on November 15, or people can go to Baywave on Saturday mornings.