NINE junior members of the SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club will gain international experience when they travel to Tauranga for the New Zealand National Championships later this month.
The club is sending both an Under-12 and Under-13-15-year-old team to test themselves against some of Oceania’s best from September 24-27.
More than 140 swimmers from a dozen different clubs will compete at the event, including international teams from New Caledonia and Sichuan, China.
SupaNova head coach Sara Estebainha said most of the girls had never competed overseas before.
“The little ones in the Under-12 team have only being doing synchro for about two years now and the older girls range in experience from two to four years,” she said.
“It’s going to be a very high level of competition; there is a team coming from China which is currently one of the best synchronised swimming nations in the world.”
With the Australian synchronised swimming season now ending, it will be the last outing for the girls’ 2016 routine.
“The routine we are taking over to New Zealand is the same one we did at Australian nationals back in April,” Estebainha said.
“The main individual goal for each of the girls is to improve the figures score they received at nationals where the range was between four and five.
“We’d like to get rid of the fours completely and aim for between five and six instead.”
SUPANOVA SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING CLUB SQUAD FOR NEW ZEALAND:
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