Tauranga’s top synchronised swimmers are training almost full-time as the city prepares to host the North Island champ’s.
Tauranga’s Synchronised Swimming Club, Tauranga Synchro has 27 athletes competing in the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships at the Baywave Aquatic Centre on June 8-9.
One of these competitors is 21-year-old Eva Morris, who is looking forward to launching into the first competition of the year.
Eva says the upcoming championships is a really good opportunity to get feedback from some of New Zealand’s best judges.
Tauranga Synchro Head Coach, and three-time Brazilian Olympian Lara Teixeira Cianciarulo is confident in the girls’ ability to succeed.
“Our athletes have been working really hard to prepare for this competition. They’ve all put in a huge amount of time and effort.”
Eva told The Weekend Sun she trains roughly 25 hours a week, often spread out over five days.
Coach Lara believes that making teamwork a priority within the club is one of the secrets to their continuing success.
Tauranga Synchro chairperson Kate Boyt points out that help is also received from the wider synchronised swimming community.
“We have many parents volunteering their time in jobs ranging from judging and marshalling to hair and make-up. It definitely takes a village.”
The upcoming competition will provide the general public with the opportunity to get a sense of what synchronised swimming is all about.
“It’s a mixture of swimming, gymnastics and ballet performed to music, with glamorous costumes.”
“The girls do a great job to make it look easy, but I can assure you it’s not,” says Coach Lara.
Eva loves that synchronised swimming is a combination of both art and sports, allowing her to tell a story while she swims.
Tauranga Synchro is also holding a synchronised swimming display on Saturday June 1 from 11am at Baywave Aquatic Centre.