Kingston Synchronised Swimming Club News

New team name

Our new joiner team has decided on their name. After a quick vote the team have decided that their new name is Flamingo Team!

 

The Flamingo Team is growing in skill and numbers thanks to our talented coaches Lis and Katie Holland, the mother-daughter dream team at KLSC.

Congratulations Coach Lis

Congratulations to Coach Lis Holland.

 
Lis successfully passed her Level 1 Coaches Course this weekend. Well done Lis, we are very proud of you!
 
To complete the course, Lis had to attend 30 hours of training over 2 weekends, where she worked in class and on poolside honing her skills. 
 
Lis has learnt a great deal and is looking forward to implementing her new knowledge and skills to help our swimmer progress. 

As we start the new term in the new year, some of us jump into new routines and some of us jump in new.

 

New year and new news. We are pleased to say that Coach Harriet of the Dolphin team coached 5 of her swimmer through their Aquatics level 8.

 

Well done Girls!!!

National Competition

In November our masters team had the opportunity to compete in two competitions.

 

At the beginning of the month the team swam at the Open Masters Championships, competing in solo, duet and combination team. The girls swam exceptionally well and Louise and Laura walked away with a very well deserved silver. Katie competed in the solos and after another great swim collected a bronze for herself and the club. Rachael also swam a solo in the older age category and finished 7th overall.

 

They were then joined by Chloe and all swam in the combination team event. After a few hiccups they proudly walked away in 5th position. It was a tight competition and they narrowly missed out on a medal.

 

At the end of the month the team was invited to a  competition hosted by Stevenage Synchro Club. The team thoroughly enjoyed their time at the competition (and they don't say that often). They didn't do too badly either, Rachael and Katie swam in the solo category, Rachael placed 2nd overall and Katie 4th, both after great swims. Laura and Louise swam in the duet category and after a fantastic swim they took shiny new gold medals home. Once again the girls were joined by Chloe and swam in the team event. It was a gold for the girls after a great swim and a couple of show stopping lifts.

 

Well done girls.

Honorary Life Vice Presidents: Mr & Mrs Don & Eileen Harden, Kingston Ladies Swimming Club.

Don & Eileen’s involvement in swimming in Surrey started back in 1972 when their daughter Sue joined Kington Ladies Swimming Club. They immediately became involved with Don taking on time keeping and referee roles and Eileen taking the registers & running the front desk.

 

In 1978, the local pool closed, so Don & Eileen solely ran a weekly swim session for 11 years which enabled the club to continue and thrive. The club went from strength to strength with many swimmers gaining county recognition. Both went on to serve on the Committee.

 

In 1989, the Harden’s (along with 6 other committee members) founded the synchro section of the club. This proved popular and viable being the only synchro club based in Surrey. Eventually the two disciplines merged into the Kingston Ladies Club that we know today – with KLSC celebrating 25 of years of synchro back in 2014. During this time, Don & Eileen have both actively been involved in the running of the club. They both took on various administrative and committee roles culminating with Don becoming Chairman for the Club and Eileen Vice President in 2007. Within these roles, they worked tirelessly to help the club progress and championed the club to achieving Swim 21 status in 2010.

 

Beyond their administrational roles, Don’s passion for the sport saw him Coach for the Club for many years. This passion was passed on down the family with their Daughter Sue and Grand Daughter Ellen becoming long standing coaches too.

 

The County is delighted to recognise their remarkable 44 years’ service to the Club, County and sport of synchronised swimming and today we honour Don & Eileen as Honorary Life Vice Presidents.

We are devastated to announce the passing of Gill Smith our Vice President, Life member and committee member who sadly passed away on Monday. Our love and condolences go out to her husband Frank and daughter Georgie. 
 
Gill was one of the initial founders of the synchro strand of KLSC but has been with the club for more than 40 years. She has served on the Executive Committe for many years, more recently with her role as Badge Secretary. We will all feel her loss and remain grateful for the huge love, committment and dedication she has shown the club over the years. She will be deeply missed by all.
 
Below is a picture of Gill with our President Shirley.

On Saturday 27th February, Kingston Ladies SC went the Southgate pool to take part in the Middlesex Competition. The club did exceptionally well, coming away with more medals than before, more golds! The club is very proud of our girls after all of the hard work and effort they put into their routines and figure training. Well Done!

On the 7th November, our masters team travelled up to Rugby for the ASA Masters National Competition. They went into the competition with 2 duets, and 2 teams. They walked away with 2 medals, besting what they accomplished the previous year, a silver medal in the team competition. The swimmers were incredibly proud of what they accomplished, and are looking forward to their next competition, and masters. It is safe to say that after a few hiccups the swimmers really pulled it out of the bag. The club is very proud of what they have achieved.

At the AGM the club captain and vice captains were annouced as Evie Grappaudo as Captain and Grace Buffoni and Eliza Bell as Vice Captains. Congratulations to you all, we are proud that you are representing our swimmers in the committee meeting.

On the 5th September the club is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Malden Centre. It is here that we inform swimmers and parents of any changes or issues that have gone on in the club over the past year.

 

We will also inform you if there are changes that are ongoing or going to happen. It is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and parents to meet the people behind the club and what they do to keep the club going.

 

This year’s AGM is unique; as we will be presenting the trophies to the swimmers, this is usually handed out at the end of the show. The swimmers will also be voting for Captain and Vice-captain Positions in the club, which will be announced at the end of the meeting.

Any queries or concerns?

Please email us on kingstonsynchro@outlook.com.

We are located at:

 

Malden Centre

Blagdon Road

New Malden

KT3 4TA

 

Every Saturday during school term times, Click here for our Calendar to check when and where we swim.

 

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