Rio team fly­ing high

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Classifieds - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

COM­PET­ING as the team ‘flyer’ acro­bat will come in handy for syn­chro­nised swim­mer Deb­bie Tsai when she flies to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The 20-year-old and West Coast Splash team­mates Danielle Ket­tlewell (22), Danielle ten Vaan­holt (22), Amie Thomp­son (19) and Rose Stack­pole (20) re­cently de­feated New Zealand to qual­ify for the 10-woman na­tional team.

Tsai said they were work­ing on a num­ber of rou­tines, in­clud­ing one set to the Foot­loose theme song.

“We are so ex­cited to be pre­par­ing for the Olympic Games,” she said.

“We are re­ally proud that so much of the Aus­tralian team is based in Western Aus­tralia.”

The swim­mers will spend the next 10 months com­mut­ing be­tween the WA In­sti­tute of Sport in Mt Clare­mont and Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport (AIS) in Can­berra.

In be­tween work­ing and study­ing, they will train for about seven hours ev­ery day in Perth, and at least 10 hours daily on the AIS train­ing camp.

Club pres­i­dent An­drea Hew­son said syn­chro­nised swim­ming was a grow­ing sport in Aus­tralia.

“We hope that many more girls will be in­spired to try the sport by the suc­cess of the West Coast Splash girls,” Hew­son said.

Fol­low the West Coast Splash blog at www.west­coast­splash.com.au.

West Coast Splash swim­mers Danielle Ket­tlewell, Danielle ten Vaan­holt, Amie Thomp­son, Rose Stack­pole and Deb­bie Tsai.

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