Trying to make a splash in synchronised swimming
advises Katie Skelton, 26, a member of the GB synchro team at the 2012 Olympics (they finished eighth), who is in the water with us.
Having mastered the cosmetics, it won’t be long until we’re Olympians ourselves, I think, as we’re taught synchro’s most basic move, “sculling”, small hand movements that help swimmers move apparently effortlessly up and down the pool. We lie on our backs, upper arms fixed to the sides of our bodies, while our splayed fingers create a whirlpool effect. “It’s easy,” I crow. Adele regards me sceptically. “The children are doing well,” she says.
I’m similarly impressed with my brilliance when it comes to tub turns, sculling with knees pulled up towards the face while revolving in circles. Beside me, the girls
Routine stuff: Julia, centre, and her daughter Sasha follow the lead of British Olympian Katie Skelton in their synchro class at Streatham
To the water born: Spain’s ‘free routine’ team during the 2012 Olympics