Try­ing to make a splash in syn­chro­nised swimming

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - Front Page -

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

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