Swim squad’s Rio splash

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Inside & Out - By YVONNE ARDLEY

FOUR of the nine women in the Aus­tralian syn­chro­nised swim­ming squad head­ing to Rio come from Clare­mont Pool-based club West Coast Splash.

Danielle Ket­tlewell, Amie Thomp­son, Rose Stack­pole and Deb­bie Tsai had been train­ing with the West Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport at the HBF sta­dium in the lead up to the Olympic Games.

Head coach Bri­ana Preiss has been work­ing with the girls for the past year-and-a-half and be­lieves the squad will do well in Rio, de­spite train­ing to­gether for only a short time.

“The girls have a well-rounded per­for­mance, but they’re still a grow­ing team,” she said.

The rou­tine at Rio will be based on Aus­traliana, com­plete with emus, croc­o­diles and lizards.

The four girls are train­ing at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of fit­ness in Can­berra be­fore they de­part for Rio on Au­gust 1.

Rio bound: Syn­chro­nised swim­mers Amie Thomp­son (18), Rose Stack­pole (21), Deb­bie Tsai (21) and Danielle Ket­tlewell (23).

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