Three Melville teens make the Australian junior synchronised swimming team

Alessandra Ho, Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill are part of the Australian junior synchronised swimming team.
Alessandra Ho, Kazia Zenke and Hannah Burkhill are part of the Australian junior synchronised swimming team.

THREE Melville teenagers have been selected to represent Australia at its first outing to the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships later this year.

Alessandra Ho, Hannah Burkhill and Kazia Zenke are planning to make a splash when they travel to Kazan in Russia to compete in July.

All three girls are members of the SupaNova Synchronised Swimming Club, which formed less than a year ago and is based out of LeisureFit Booragoon.

The teenagers are no strangers to national competition, having represented Australia at the 2014 Oceania Championships, and they will tune up for the Junior World meet with another outing in that competition in Fiji at the end of June.

“The Oceania Championships is mainly Australia versus New Zealand but the World Championships are huge – last time around there were more than 30 countries competing,” Kazia said.

While synchronised swimming remains a relatively small sport in Australia, it enjoys a lot of popularity in North America and Europe and has been part of the Olympic Games since 1984.

“It’s a really different, unique sport,” Alessandra said.

“It’s a combination of sports like swimming, gymnastics and water polo all mixed together and it’s very physically demanding.”

Hannah said the girls trained every day besides Saturday, sometimes both in the morning and the evening.

The Oceania Championships are from June 21-26, while the World Junior Championships are from July 9-16.