Feb 2022 Update
Both East District Artistic Swimming Clubs, Fife Synchro and Edinburgh Synchronised Swimming Club, continued to train whenever possible during the lockdowns and restrictions of 2020 and 2021.
Both clubs are now able to open to some new members, with Edinburgh Synchro holding a come and try in January and Fife with one planned for Feb/March 2022.
Fife Synchro's Masters section, set up in autumn 2018 also continues, but is not yet accepting new members.
The Scottish synchro calendar is in draft at the time of writing and envisages a nearly-back-to-normal schedule of competitions and grading. The Interdistrict competition is not currently scheduled to run and the Novice competition hosted last by East District in 2019 is not yet confirmed.
East District report 2018:
The East has continued to be strong in Synchronised Swimming, with the numbers wanting to participate growing faster than the availability of pool time.
There were two assessment days held during the year in Bo’ness.
Grade One: 2 Bronze
Grade Two: 7 Bronze
Grade Three: 2 Bronze
Grade Four: 4 Bronze, 1 Silver
Grade Five: 2 Bronze, 1 Silver
Grade One: 3 Bronze, 1 Silver
Grade Two: 10 Bronze
Grade Three: 3 Bronze
Grade Four: 8 Bronze
Grade Five: 1 Bronze, 3 Silver
Swimmers from East District have competed in ten competitions this year.
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Swim England National Championships:
Four swimmers from the East represented Caledonia in the Combination event in Nottingham in April.
Synchro Cup International Competition, Luxembourg:
Edinburgh’s 13-15 team went on a trip to Luxembourg in May to take part in the Synchro Cup, which is an international competition featuring 441 swimmers from 25 clubs from eight different countries. Out of 161 swimmers in the 13-15 figures competition the club’s highest placed swimmer was Niamh, who ranked 26th, having come joint first in the Ariana. Niamh also came 15th in the 13-15 solo event. The duet came 17th and the team 14th overall. It was a wonderful experience for the club to be part of such a big event.
Seven novice swimmers from Edinburgh travelled to Nairn in June to take part in the Novice Event and all came home with a medal. Shonagh won gold in the Beginner figures and with her team-mates Gabbie and Mia in the Beginner Trio event. Olivia won the Grade One figures. She also won the Grade One duet event with her partner Clara. Paula and Rose made it an Edinburgh 1-2, winning silver in the Grade One duet event.
Twelve swimmers from Edinburgh Synchro took part in the Scottish Swimming Figure Competition in Edinburgh in June. Lucy won Bronze in the 12&under category and Niamh and Cale won Gold and Bronze respectively in the 13-15 category.
The Edinburgh 13-15 team travelled down to the Olympic Park in London to take part in the Combo Cup in July. They competed in the 13-15 Division Two category and won Bronze.
Scottish National & Age Group Open:
In October, Drumchapel again held the main event in the Scottish calendar. Edinburgh took a team of 23 swimmers. In the 12&under age group, Lucy won National bronze in the figures and solo events, and the free team won National silver. In the 13-15 age group, Niamh won National silver in the figures and solo events. Due to excellent figures results Edinburgh swimmers secured four of the six solo spots. Cale and Niamh won the National gold and Cara and Sara National bronze in the duet event and the free team won National gold. The club also fielded two Competitive Combination teams and one Recreational Combination team. The Back to the Future team closed the competition and won National bronze. The club narrowly missed out on retaining the Top Scottish Club trophy.
Swim England Masters Championships:
Former GB swimmer, Amy, recently moved to Edinburgh to do a masters degree and decided to restart her synchro career after a three year break. After only a month of training she entered the Swim England Masters in Rugby in November and won the 18-24 solo category with a score of 137.
Swim England National Age Group Championships:
Nine swimmers from the East represented Caledonia in the Swim England National Age Groups in Gloucester last weekend. The East had three swimmers in the top third of their age groups, which is very impressive in a tough field. They all swam well in their routines.
Scottish Clubs Championships:
The final competition of the year saw almost all of the swimmers from Edinburgh and Fife travel to Bellshill for a busy afternoon of routines. There are only four events, with all abilities in each one, but the points system means that every routine counts towards the overall trophy. Edinburgh entered the maximum number in the solos and duets, plus two Age Group free teams and four Combination teams. Fife entered a duet and two Combination teams. In the duet, Cale and Niamh’s Wonder Woman duet won the Silver medal. In the free team event the 13-15 team won gold.
The main event of the competition is the Combination teams and consisted of 14 routine from six different clubs. Edinburgh's B team won a bronze medal for their Back to the Future routine and Fife's A team came ninth.
Added together, the results of the whole team meant that Edinburgh won the Mary Black Rosebowl. This is the first time since 2007. The swimmers and coaches were delighted.
In addition to the competitions, Fife Synchro has started up a masters section, which has attracted some very enthusiastic members. Edinburgh Synchro was invited to help launch the European Championships in Glasgow by helping put together a video of the sport in Scotland, and on the red carpet at the European Premiere of the film Swimming with Men.
Finally, Edinburgh Synchro was shortlisted for the Club of the Year award at the Scottish Swimming Awards Night in October. Although it did not win it was a great achievement for a minority discipline club to be shortlisted.
Coaches / Technical Officials / Volunteers:
In February Edinburgh Head Coach, Margo Wimberley, was honoured to be made a Scottish Swimming Life Member. Also, three East volunteers qualified as Level 1 Judges.
The clubs couldn’t run without the dedication and commitment of the coaches, helpers and officials, who all give their time voluntarily to the sport. This report therefore rightly ends with a big thank you to all those who give their time and energy to the sport.
Mary Black Award for East District Synchro Person of the Year
It is with a lot of pride that I can announce that the winner of the East District Synchro Person of the Year is Niamh Peakman. She has had a tough year with injuries and health issues but still was the top Scottish swimmer in every competition in which she competed this year. She also added solo and duet golds to her growing collection of medals. She is developing her coaching and choreography skills and is an integral part of teams at club, district and Scottish level. Next year she moves up to the very competitive Junior age group and we wish her as much success in this new category.
East District report 2017:
The East has continued to be strong in Synchronised Swimming, with the numbers wanting to participate growing faster than the availability of pool time. This year the East took home both Inter District trophies and the Top Club trophy at the Scottish National and Age Group Championships.
There were three assessment days held during the year in Bo’ness. The system of assessment changed in April from ‘Skills’ to ‘Grades’ so there was one ‘Skill’ day and two ‘Grade’ days during the year. The change is to ensure that the method of assessment is more in line with competitions. It also created further distinctions within the grades, with swimmers able to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold at each level.
Skill Two: 7
Skill Three: 4
Grade One: 6 Bronze
Grade Two: 3 Bronze
Grade Three: 7 Bronze
Grade Four: 1 Silver
Grade One: 4 Bronze
Grade Two: 2 Bronze
Grade Three: 5 Bronze
Grade Four: 9 Bronze
Swimmers from East District have competed in eight competitions during the year.
Inter District competition
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Nine swimmers from Edinburgh went down to Gateshead for the first Gateshead Open competition. It was an age group competition and Edinburgh entered solos and duets in the 12&under and 13-15 category and a combination routine in the 13-15 category. Cale and Niamh came a close second in the 13-15 duet and the 13-15 team won their category.
Edinburgh took a large team to Bo’ness for the Novice Event. Their swimmers won the Level 1 Duet and the Level 1 solo events.
Eleven swimmers travelled from Edinburgh to Buckie to compete in the first Scottish Swimming figure competition. They each performed five figures. All the girls swam well. Lucy won Bronze in the 12&under category and Niamh won Silver in the 13-15 category.
The Edinburgh 13-15 team travelled down to Manchester to take part in the inaugural Combo Cup. The Combo Cup featured free combination routines across five age groups in two divisions; Division 1 open to swimmers who hold up to Figure Grade 3, and Division 2 open to those who hold at least Grade 3. The Edinburgh team took part in the Division 2 13-15 age group competition. They swam brilliantly and scored 57.5000 to claim the silver medal.
Scottish National & Age Group Open:
In October Drumchapel again held the main event in the Scottish calendar. Edinburgh took a team of 19 swimmers, all in the competitive section. In the 12&under age group, Mae won the National bronze medal in the figures competition. Edinburgh Synchro was again the only Scottish club able to enter a team in this age group and they were awarded the National gold medal. In the 13-15 age group, Cale and Niamh came second in the duet. This year three Scottish clubs entered a team in this age group and Edinburgh won the silver medal. In the Junior age group, Edinburgh Synchro was the only Scottish club able to enter a team in this age group and they were awarded the National gold medal. The club also fielded a Competitive Combination routine for the first time and won National bronze.
The event was topped off by the awarding of the trophy for the Top Scottish Club, which is calculated by adding together club scores from the whole event. Edinburgh won by just over a hundred points.
English National Age Groups:
Seven swimmers travelled down to Gloucester for the Swim England National Age Groups in November. Niamh came 34th out of 175 swimmers in the 13-15 age group. Torri came 47th out of 129 swimmers, and Lucy 49th, in the 12&under age group. East district swimmers were involved in both age group teams and they swam well. The 12&under team came 9th overall and the 13-15 team 15th.
Scottish Clubs Championships:
Edinburgh took 40 swimmers to the Scottish Clubs Championships in Dundee in December and Fife took a team of nine. It was a busy competition of solos, duets, free teams and combination teams – totalling 49 routines in all. While Nairn came away with the overall trophy, Edinburgh medalled in all four events and came joint second in the club rankings.
Edinburgh and Clydebank swimmers helped Prince Charles and Duncan Scott open the New Cumnock outdoor pool following its refurbishment.
Niamh Peakman was awarded Scottish Synchro Swimmer of the Year at the Scottish Swimming Awards Night in September.
Coaches / Technical Officials
This year Lesley Bloomer qualified as a Level 2 coach in Scotland. The district also has four more Level 1 coaches. Edinburgh Synchro became the first synchro club in Scotland to achieve the SynchroMarkPlus accreditation. The clubs couldn’t run without the dedication and commitment of the coaches, helpers and officials, who all give their time voluntarily to the sport. This report therefore rightly ends with a big thank you to all those who give their time and energy to the sport.
The 2018 Synchro Caledonia performance programme begins in December with the selection day for swimmers. The East District has eight swimmers going to the trials. Cath Fleming has been selected as Head Coach for a second year and Sarah Hale will continue as the 13-15 Age Group Coach.
Mary Black Award for East District Synchro Person of the Year
It was a surprise to find out that this person has not received this award in the past. She has been an integral part of synchronised swimming in Scotland for many years, first as a swimmer and then as a coach and judge. She was also the Synchro Convenor for the East District before me. Margo Wimberley is Head Coach of Edinburgh Synchro and has overseen a transformation in the club in the last couple of years. She has managed to more than double the numbers of swimmers while at the same time increasing the skill level of the club – no mean feat. Her year ended with the club winning the Top Scottish Club trophy at the Scottish Nationals for the first time since 1990.
East District report 2016
Synchro in the East District has increased in participation again in 2016. We now have over 70 swimmers between Edinburgh Synchro and Fife Synchro.
There were two assessment days held during the year in Bo’ness. The numbers that passed each skill level were:
Skill One: 10 from Edinburgh; 2 from Fife
Skill Two: 3 from Edinburgh
Skill Four: 1 from Edinburgh
Skill One: 9 from Edinburgh
Skill Two: 7 from Edinburgh
Skill Three: 3 from Edinburgh
Skill Five: 1 from Edinburgh
Many of the Edinburgh swimmers passed two skill levels during the year. Niamh passed Skills 4 and 5 this year and we believe that she is the youngest person in Scotland to have passed these.
Swimmers from East District have competed in competitions this year.
In March the East District sent a team to the Inter District competition in Buckie. 17 swimmers from Edinburgh Synchro were in the team. Swimmers from Fife were invited but decided against competing. Teams were entered in both levels of the competition and the girls competed in figures, duets, trios and team events. Only three districts compete in this competition so medals are only given for first place. The East District's sole medal was won by Jennifer in the Skill 3 figures event.
Scottish Clubs Championship:
In June the RCP held the Scottish Clubs Championships. The competition had a record number of entries. Edinburgh Synchro entered one solo, three duets, two trios and four teams. Fife Synchro entered one duet, one trio and one team. Fife jointly won the trio event with a beautiful routine, and Edinburgh came third in the team event.
In July seven swimmers from Edinburgh Synchro competed in the figures section of the Leeds Open Competition. The skill level in England is higher so it is good for Scottish teams to try to compete against them as often as possible.
Scottish National & Age Group Open:
In October Drumchapel again held the main event in the Scottish calendar. Edinburgh took a team of 28 swimmers, 12 to take part in the competitive age group section and 16 to take part in the recreational section.
In the 12&under age group, Baylee won the National bronze medal in the figures competition. Edinburgh Synchro were able to enter a team in this age group and it was the first time a Scottish Club has been able to do this for a long time. They were awarded the National gold medal.
In the 13,14,15 age group, Niamh won the National gold medal in the figures competition, and came a very respectable 14th in the open category of 83 swimmers. She also won the National silver medal for her solo routine. Edinburgh Synchro were again able to enter a team in this age group and they were awarded the National gold medal.
In the recreational category Edinburgh A team won bronze in the open combination routine category.
ASA National Age Group Championships:
Scottish Swimming has organised for five swimmers to go to Gloucester in December to compete in the ASA Nationals. Niamh represented the East District and won the visitor gold medal.
Coaches / Technical Officials
This year Cath Fleming became the fourth qualified Level 2 coach in Scotland and Edinburgh has five new Level 1 coaches. The district also has four more assessors for the skills assessment days. The clubs couldn’t run without the dedication and commitment of the coaches, helpers and officials, who all give their time voluntarily to the sport. This report therefore rightly ends with a big thank you to all those who give their time and energy to the growing, but still very much minority, sport of synchronised swimming.
Edinburgh Synchro 2015
It has been a good year for Edinburgh Synchro. We have 45 members, almost all of whom competed in at least one competition this year. Here is a summary of the year.
In March the Inter District competition was held in Buckie and many of the Skill Level swimmers represented East District. In the figures competition Louise came first and Rachel second in the Skill Level 4&5 category; Jennifer came first and Megan second in the Skill Level 3 category, and Niamh came third in the Skill Level 1 & 2 category. East District won the overall Elizabeth Hamilton Trophy for Skill Levels 3, 4 & 5 and the overall Shell Oil Trophy for Skill Levels 1 & 2.In June the Club Championships were held in Bellshill and the club was well represented by all our teams. Louise won the Solo event and the Edinburgh A team came third in the Combination Team event. Edinburgh Synchro came third overall in the championships.
In October the Scottish National Championships were held in Glasgow. The club had three girls competing in the Age Groups (where the competitors have to be a certain age and have completed a set Skill Level). Jennifer came third and Leah fourth in the National 13, 14, 15 category in both Figures and Solo Competitive. Niamh came third in the National 12 and under Figures. The Edinburgh A team competed in the Open Free Combination Team Recreational event and came third. Edie Turner, a swimmer who trains with Bristol but is affiliated to our club, came first in the National Junior category for both Figures and Solo Competitive. She also won Scottish Synchronised Swimmer of the Year 2014.
In November, 10 beginners from the club took part in the Novice Competition in Bo’Ness. Cale came second in the Figures event. Amélie and Laia came third in the Duets.
Individually the swimmers have continued to work towards their Skill Level assessments. Emma, Lauren, Niamh and Samantha passed Skill 1. Aman, Emily, Maya and Niamh passed Skill 2. Leah passed Skill 3.
What a year! Thanks so much to the coaches who give up so much of their time to train the swimmers.
East District 2012
On Sunday 2nd September, as part of the "Edinburgh Festival of Sport" the Edinburgh Synchronised Swimming Club put on a Come and Try session at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in their normal training time. This was well attended with 34 youngsters wishing to trial out. The Senior swimmers at Edinburgh Synchro led an activity and the trialists moved around the groups. They tried sculling, strokes, skills, eggbeater, and an entry. They also saw a solo by Edie Turner, the Scottish Synchro Swimmer of the Year, and a team event by all the girls involved in their coaching.
The girls were then offered 1 of 3 options: 1 to continue with Stroke development classes: 2 to attend the Edinburgh Leisure Synchro session or :3 to join the Synchro Club. The following week we had 25 new swimmers who we put through their paces and these swimmers are being given a 4 week trial.
Scottish Clubs Competition
Congratulations to Fife Synchro Swimming Club's senior team who won a Bronze medal in the Scottish Clubs Competition held at Kirkcaldy on the 9th June. Their duet of Annabel and Robyn were also 3rd.
The other East team, Edinburgh Synchro were placed 3rd overall. Well done to all.
Edinburgh girls and coaches helped out at a “come & try” at Grangemouth pool which was very successful. On the back of this there is hopefully a new club being set up within the Falkirk area to be run by Julie Macdonald-Simpson.
The East District took a bus load of competitors to Buckie for the Inter-District competition. Congratulations to the girls in the skill/recreational level 3,4 & 5 competition who managed to retain the Elizabeth Hamilton trophy. The skill/recreational level 1 & 2 performed well however narrowly missed out to the West District on this occasion. Well done to all the girls who took part.
The Olympic qualifier for synchronised swimming took place at the Aquatics centre in London and Margo was very privileged to be involved as a volunteer at this event. It was a great experience as she was able to witness the training of some of the best synchronised swimmers in the world at this event and also managed to get tickets to see the free Duets and the free teams.
The Edinburgh club has moved back into the Commonwealth pool for training on a Sunday tea-time and also on a Tuesday early morning.
Fife Synchronised swimming club have also acquired more training time at Carnegie pool on a Sunday tea-time.
Both clubs are training hard for the up coming Scottish Clubs Championships to be held at Kirkcaldy pool on the 9th June 2012.
Irene Glen of Fife synchronised swimming club will be an Olympic Torch Relay bearer in Bridge of Allan on this day. We wish her well with this and give our support.