A GROUP of Southland synchronised swimmers competed with distinction in the Australian national synchronised swimming championships.
For most of the girls in the Phoenix Synchronised Swimming team, this was their first international competition. One hundred and sixty-three competitors – including teams from China and Hong Kong – took part in the championships, in Melbourne recently.
The 12 and under team of Claire Montgomery, Louise Sutherland, Onevai Pita, Xiara Patino and Elizabeth Somerville came third overall.
Junior duet: Aleisha Elliott and Ali Robertson, 6
13 to 15 duet: Arielle Wilkes and Abby Flutey, 8
12 and under duet: Claire Montgomery and Louise Sutherland, 7
Xiara Patino, Elizabeth Somerville and Onevai Pita, 8
Junior solo: Aleisha Elliott, 6
13 to 15 solo: Ali Robertson, 6; Abby Flutey, 9