DSISO 5th Open European Swimming and Synchro Championships: Sardinia, Italy, 15-22 September 2019.

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Team GB synchro (Electric Eels)  Arrived back from Olbia, Sardinia on the 20th September, bringing home two international bronze medals, after an extremely intense, rewarding, emotional, and fun week out at the 5th DSISO Open European Swimming and Synchro Championships.

5 Days earlier, we set out from Gatwick airport full of excitement about what was to come. Once arriving in Olbia and settling into our lovely hotel, we were lucky enough to take our swimmers for a training session in the outdoor Olympic size swimming pool onsite. With our first training session underway, it was a chance for our GB synchro soloists: Millie Prelogar, Vivian Novis, and Molly Khan, to run through their routines and get used to the dimensions of the new pool space- where they would be competing in just 3 days.

The following day was the much-anticipated opening ceremony whereby the competitors from all the countries participated in a parade of their national flags. The atmosphere was amazing, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, while getting even more excited for the big day of the competition.

Before we competed in the solo competition, we watched the duet and team competition where we saw some beautiful routines from Italy and Argentina.

Our big day arrived, and it was time to show the world what we had been working so hard on for the past year. First up was Molly in her technical solo to “This is me” from the Greatest Showman, coached by Natalya Furneaux. Molly did a wonderful swim and secured herself a bronze medal in the European technical division. Vivian was the next of our girls to swim and did us all proud with her technical solo to the song “can you feel the love tonight?” from the Lion King, coached by Temira Furneaux. She made massive improvements from her swim last year and secured herself a competitive score. Our final swim was from our youngest and newest swimmer, Millie. She wowed with her solo to “Mamma Mia” from Mamma Mia the movie-coached by Anna Welland- and won a bronze medal in the European free division of the solo competition.

With the competition over it was time to relax and enjoy our last two days out in Sardinia, where we were able to chill by the pool and go on a day out to experience some of the interesting history of the island. 

All in all, it was an unforgettable week full of new and fantastic experiences for both the swimmers and coaches. Not only have we returned home with two international bronze medals, but amazing memories and friendships, and the honour of having represented our country. We are all immensely proud.

We hope to take a team to the Trisome Games in Turkey in 6 months and showcase to the world, once again, what our incredible swimmers are capable of. Please follow our instagram page for updates on our training and fundraising progress: @electriceelssynchroclub

Izzy Rastall

PR for G.B Synchro