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Combo Cup

Edinburgh's 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. Edinburgh's swimmers took part in the Division 2 13-15 age group competition and won Silver after a fantastic swim.


Figures Competition

Eleven swimmers from Edinburgh travelled 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 13/14/15 category.

Gateshead Open

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 13/14/15 category and a combination routine in the 13/14/15 category.

Cale and Niamh came a close second in the 13/14/15 duet and the 13/14/15 team won their category.

Inter District competition

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Skill Levels / Grades:

Seven swimmers from Edinburgh passed Skill Level 2 and four passed Skill Level 3 in the Scottish Synchro March assessment day. The way skill  level is being assessed is changing from 1 April so this was the last Skill Level assessment day. From now on swimmers will be assessed on Grade Levels instead.

In May Scottish Synchro held its first Grade Assessment day. The grades can be passed with bronze, silver or gold. Edinburgh had a successful day with six swimmers achieving Grade 1 Bronze, three Grade 2 Bronze, seven Grade 3 Bronze and one Grade 4 Silver.

In September Edinburgh had another successful day with four swimmers achieving Grade 1 Bronze, two Grade 2 Bronze, 7 Grade 3 Bronze and 9 Grade 4 Bronze (a 100% success rate at this high level).

Other news:

Edinburgh and Clydebank swimmers helped Prince Charles and Duncan Scott open the New Cumnock outdoor pool following its refurbishment.



East District 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.

Skill Levels:

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 Peakman 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.

Inter Districts:

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 Bannon 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.      

Leeds Open:
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 Harrison 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 Peakman 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 Peakman 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.