Team in sync for World Cup dream

Deborah Tsai (Bullcreek) with fellow synchronized swimmers, from left, Danielle ten Vaanholt (Southern River), Rose Stackpole (Highgate), Danielle Kettlewell (Mount Hawthorn) and Amie Thompson (Highgate) [NAMES OK]
Deborah Tsai (Bullcreek) with fellow synchronized swimmers, from left, Danielle ten Vaanholt (Southern River), Rose Stackpole (Highgate), Danielle Kettlewell (Mount Hawthorn) and Amie Thompson (Highgate) [NAMES OK]

But the five synchronised swimmers need more support to get all of them to the international competition.

Ten Vaanholt and fellow team members Deborah Tsai, Rose Stackpole, Danielle Kettlewell and Amie Thompson raised $8260 on the fundraising campaign site Sportaroo.

It will cost about $8500 each to get them to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for a training camp followed by the World Cup from October 2 to 5.

Synchro Australia vice-president Brian Miller said synchronised swimming did not receive federal government funding, so swimmers and their families had to dig deep just to stay on the team.

Australian team member Deborah Tsai said the Synchro Sisters would apply for local grants and receive help from her Claremont-based club and the WA Institute of Sport, but would still have to fund a portion of the cost themselves.

Tsai, who trains at Claremont Pool with West Coast Splash, said the World Cup was an important competition in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

‘Since London, we have become the up-and-coming young team,’ she said.

‘We need to get out there and get good experience before the World Championships to qualify for the Olympics.’