Red-letter day for Green Arrows’ synchronised swimmers

GREEN AND GRACEFUL -- the Green Arrows girls show their synchronised skills in the pool.
GREEN AND GRACEFUL -- the Green Arrows girls show their synchronised skills in the pool.

The pool at Hucknall Leisure Centre is to host a red-letter event in the sporting calendar for synchronised swimmers on Sunday.

For the Nottingham-based GREEN ARROWS CLUB, which has a strong Hucknall connection, are staging their annual Robin Hood Novice Competition, which has attracted competitors from across the country.

As well as the Green Arrows, clubs from Norwich, Swansea, Leicester, Witney in Oxfordshire and Rykneld in Derbyshire are taking part in the tournament, which starts at 11 am.

Hucknall coaches Rebecca Greatorex and Olivia Shelton have choreographed some of the routines in the six events that the Green Arrows are contesting. These include duets for 15-to-17-year-olds Sophie Gibney and Pippa Turner-Rowe, 13-to-14-year-olds Sophie Kennington and Laura Pereira and 12-and-unders Evie Turner-Rowe and Georgia Smith.

Fellow coaches Elaine Walters and Samantha Harwood have also worked hard to prepare swimmers at the Green Arrows club, who train every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Nottingham High School pool.

Admission for spectators on Sunday is just £3 (children £2), and there will be a raffle for prizes donated by Speedo.

Established back in 1971, the Green Arrows is the oldest synchronised swimming club in the county.

Although a competitive club, it is family friendly and supports and encourages swimmers to improve their technique.

The club welcomes any swimmers who can swim 200 metres using three different strokes. Ring head coach Elaine Walters on 0115 8471183 if you are interested in joining.