SupaNova members have golden showing at world titles


SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club members Alessandra Ho, Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill.
SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club members Alessandra Ho, Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill.

SUPANOVA Synchronised Swimming Club juniors Kazia Zenke, Alessandra Ho and Hannah Burkhill tuned up for the Junior Synchro World Championships by claiming two gold medals each at the Oceania Championships in Fiji last month.

The three girls helped Australia win the junior team event as well as the open age combo event.

Alessandra added a silver medal in the junior solo while Kazia and Hannah nabbed bronze for their junior duet.

Kazia said it was exciting travelling to Fiji to represent Australia and that the standard of competition was high.

“All events were televised and streamed online and some days there were over 20,000 viewers worldwide,” she said.

“New Zealand were our biggest competitors so we had to really focus and think about our goals and what we were there to do and fortunately that worked in our favour and we won gold in both Australian team events.”

The girls now turn their attention to the Junior World Championships in Russia, which begin on Saturday.

The competition in the Junior Worlds is very different – there are more than 30 other countries competing including swimmers from the world’s best synchronised swimming countries such as Russia, China, Great Britain, Spain and Japan,” Kazia said.

“In some of those countries the competitors train full time.

“As our team is spread across Australia we have limited opportunities to get together to train. Our goal is to try to get into the finals for one of our events, the combo, which means being in the top 12 after the preliminary competition.

“The best thing for us is the experience we will receive which will prepare us for a future of international competition.”