Syn­chro­nised swim­mers over moon

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Workplace -

SYN­CHRO­NISED swim­mers from Clare­mont-based West Coast Splash ended their tour of the 2016 Rio Olympics, fin­ish­ing in eighth spot.

WA team mem­bers Rose Stack­pole, Danielle Ket­tlewell, Amie Thomp­son and Deb­bie Tsai helped the team to their 149.500 score in the free rou­tine, walk­ing out to the sounds of the didgeridoo and a rou­tine to mu­sic from Aus­tralia and Croc­o­dile Dundee.

Stack­pole, from Leed­erville also com­peted in the duets rou­tine, for her first Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old said she was proud of how the team went.

“Our cam­paign for Rio has been very dif­fi­cult; we have over­come lots of chal­lenges that other coun­tries who com­peted didn’t have to face, and we still man­aged to pull off amaz­ing per­for­mances and score a per­sonal best in both rou­tines,” she said.

“We didn’t come away with any medals, but I know we left ev­ery­thing we had on the Olympic stage and gave it our all.

“We had two killer swims for the team and I couldn’t be prouder of our re­sults.”

Stack­pole said com­pet­ing in her first Olympics was some­thing she would trea­sure for­ever.

She said she was thank­ful for the sup­port from her fam­ily and friends and West­ern Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport.

“The open­ing cer­e­mony was def­i­nitely a high­light for me.

“I will never for­get the elec­tric­ity amongst the Aus­tralian team as we chanted aussie, aussie, aussie be­fore we walked out,” she said.

“I was to­tally numb and when we walked out I was so emo­tional.

“That was the mo­ment it made it real for me, that I was there com­pet­ing at the Olympic Games.

“It was a very spe­cial mo­ment.”

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