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THE Syn­chro Sisters have raised enough money via a crowd­fund­ing web­site to send one of them to the World Cup in Canada.

How­ever, the five syn­chro­nised swim­mers need more sup­port to get them to the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Deb­o­rah Tsai, Rose Stack­pole, Danielle Ket­tlewell, Amie Thomp­son and Danielle ten Vaan­holt raised $8260 on the fundrais­ing campaign site Spor­ta­roo.

It will cost about $8500 each to get them to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport in Canberra for a train­ing camp fol­lowed by the World Cup from Oc­to­ber 2-5.

Syn­chro Aus­tralia vice-pres­i­dent Brian Miller said syn­chro­nised swim­ming did not re­ceive Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, so swim­mers and their families had to dig deep just to stay on the team.

Aus­tralian team mem­ber Deb­o­rah Tsai said the Syn­chro Sisters would ap­ply for lo­cal grants and re­ceive help from her Clare­mont-based club and the WA In­sti­tute of Sport but would still have to fund a por­tion of the cost them­selves.

Tsai, who trains at Clare­mont Pool with West Coast Splash, said the World Cup was an im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tion in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“Since Lon­don we have be­come the up-and­com­ing young team,” she said.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d424105

Deb­o­rah Tsai with fel­low syn­chro­nised swim­mers Danielle ten Vaan­holt, Rose Stack­pole, Danielle Ket­tlewell and Amie Thomp­son.

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