Year 10 student, Rhea Howard, competed by invitation at the Warwickshire multi-regional synchronised swimming championships. The competition, held at Halesowen Leisure Centre, brought together some of most talented synchronised swimmers from across the Warwickshire region, with Rhea and her club invited to take part. Rhea excelled winning three golds.
Synchronised Swimming is an Olympic sport which requires a wide range of skills in order to perform complex routines in the water. Rhea achieved gold in three categories, which included a solo performance, duets with her partner and figures which requires swimmers to showcase their moves which they will use in the other competitions. Swimmers need to perform well in the figures section to qualify for the solo and duets competitions.
Rhea, 15, competed in the 15 – 18-year category and outperformed older competitors including an Olympic athlete. Rhea said, “I was so pleased with my performance, it was a big improvement for me and I was not expecting to perform so well. I was delighted to win the gold medals and now I want to move on to the Lancashire multi regional competition and improve upon my performance.”
Mrs Lewis, Head of Year 8 and 9 and Rhea’s PE teacher at Albany, added “We are extremely proud of Rhea. Her medals are well deserved and reflect her commitment and dedication to synchronised swimming. Her performances are truly inspirational.”