A CHRISTMAS present with a difference was delivered by the talented girls of the Green Arrows Synchronised Swimming Club, who are based in Nottingham but boast a strong Hucknall influence.
For they presented their annual display at Nottingham Boys High School, treating spectators to four short routines and a duet by their two oldest swimmers, Alice South and Olivia Shelton.
Alice (18), of Whyburn Lane, and Olivia (26), of Papplewick Lane, both live in Hucknall and went to National Comprehensive School.
The Green Arrows team of 2010 consists of nine swimmers, ranging in age from 12. And as well as the routines at the display, the club’s president, Brenda Walters, presented members with the annual awards.
These included a trophy for progress, which was won by another Hucknall girl, 13-year-old Ashlea Blackburn, who lives on Brickyard Drive and also goes to National.
Olivia took the trophy for attendance, while trophies for learners, supporters and consistency were won by Pippa Turner-Rowe, Sophie Gibney and Sarah Brown respectively.
Ashlea and another Hucknall swimmer, 12-year-old India Newbury, of Ogle Street, who goes to Holgate Comprehensive School, were among those presented with progress certificates and badges — alongside Pippa, Lorna Stewart, Sahana Muthuswamy and Sophie Kennington.
Alice South has been chosen by her teammates as the Green Arrows captain for 2011, which begins with preparations for the annual competition the club host at Hucknall Leisure Centre.
If anyone is interested in having a go at synchronised swimming, do not hesitate to contact the club’s chief coach, Elaine Walters, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, become one of the Green Arrows’ friends on Facebook.