Melville swimmers in synch with national squad

Synchronised swimmers Thirsa Van Amersfoort and Celeste Johns are headed to Portugal for the Mediterranean Cup in August.
Synchronised swimmers Thirsa Van Amersfoort and Celeste Johns are headed to Portugal for the Mediterranean Cup in August.

SUPANOVA Synchronised Swimming Club continues to cement its reputation as a training ground for elite talent after juniors Celeste Johns and Thirsa Van Amersfoort were selected for the Australian 13-15-year-old team travelling to Portugal for the Mediterranean Cup in August.

The pair booked their plane tickets with impressive performances at the Synchronised Swimming Nationals in Melbourne during the school holidays.

Celeste (14) and Thirsa (13) are the only WA girls making the trip and will join their eastern states teammates for two intensive training camps in July.

“The Australian team is performing the Alice in Wonderland-themed routine that the Gold Coast club used at nationals,” Celeste said.

“Thirsa and I have high performance sessions on Saturdays with the WA synchro head coach, but she doesn’t know the routine either so it’s pretty difficult – we’re basically just going off a video.

“The two training camps are two weeks each, so that is when we’ll have to put it all together.”

In more good news for the SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club, Amie Thompson and Kazia Zenke have been selected for the senior national team to compete at the Spanish Open and the FINA World Championships in Budapest later this year.

Thompson has been part of the national setup since 2011 and represented Australia at the Rio Olympics last year.

SupaNova head coach Danielle Kettlewell, who also competed in the 2016 Olympic team, said she was proud of the achievements of her athletes.

“Synchronised swimming is one of the most demanding of all sports and these young women train hard to make it look effortless,” she said.

“Every one of our competitive members earned a medal at the Synchronised Swimming Australian Championships earlier this year.”