Synchronised plans all come together

JUST in time for the Olympics, Whitmuir Hall Swim School has organised synchronised swimming coaching.

Synchronised swimming was introduced into the Olympics in 1984 and the all-female sport is being introduced into the Borders from July 18-20 by Edinburgh coaches, initially for three-day taster sessions.

Then, it is hoped, with the support of Scottish Swimming, to eventually set up a small club.

Organiser Audrey Powers told TheSouthern: “This is very exciting, I have been trying for a while to organise qualified experienced synchronised swimming coaches to come to Whitmuir Hall and it will be great to give the children a chance to try something new.”

Like normal swimming, children can work towards synchronised swimming certificates, but have to be a minimum of level five in the Scottish Swimming Awards Scheme to take part.

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Audrey has also organised kayaking sessions on August 7 at a local loch in partnership with Edinburgh-based company Epic Ventures.

She added: “I feel it is important to give the kids different opportunities in the water.”

In May this year, the families of Whitmuir Hall Swim School pupils got the opportunity to do taster days sailing at Whiteadder reservoir, run by Scottish Borders Council.