Synchronised swimmers over moon
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.”