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I used to be an okay run­ner at school and have played a few sports through­out my days but, as for swim­ming, I was al­ways at the back of the pack.

It’s not like I can’t swim ... I am just usu­ally the one you will find sun­bathing on the side of the pool or beach with a cock­tail in hand.

But this week I headed along to the Na­tional Syn­chro­nised Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships and wow, I was im­pressed.

Those girls, who were likely half my age, were amaz­ing!

They all looked stun­ning in their makeup, slicked back hair and gor­geous out­fits.

They glided through the water, twisted, turned and flipped in seam­less se­quence.

I had seen min­i­mal cov­er­age of syn­chro­nised swim­ming on tele­vi­sion but had never been to any­thing like it live.

But I have to say, I would def­i­nitely go again.

The crowd and other swim­mers cheered with sup­port, no mat­ter where they were from or who the swim­mers were, which was great to see.

Can all sports be like this? RE­PORTER: Re­becca Moore, re­becca.moore@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, (03) 3 211 1033, (027) 539 3393. NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, 027 200 4404. SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McKinney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mckinney@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. CLAS­SI­FIEDS: (03) 2111 101 or 0800 CLASSYS. AD DEAD­LINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds - Wed­nes­day 10am. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: fair­fax­me­dia.news­pa­perdi­rect.com/epa­per/viewer.aspx AD­DRESS: Level 1, 46 Deveron St, PO Box 805 In­ver­cargill 9810. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846.

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