Rio synchronised swimming team flying high

West Coast Splash swimmers Danielle Kettlewell, Danielle ten Vaanholt, Amie Thompson, Rose Stackpole and Debbie Tsai.
West Coast Splash swimmers Danielle Kettlewell, Danielle ten Vaanholt, Amie Thompson, Rose Stackpole and Debbie Tsai.

COMPETING as the team ‘flyer’ acrobat will come in handy for synchronised swimmer Debbie Tsai when she flies to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The 20-year-old and West Coast Splash teammates Danielle Kettlewell (22), Danielle ten Vaanholt (22), Amie Thompson (19) and Rose Stackpole (20) recently defeated New Zealand to qualify for the 10-woman national team.

Tsai said they were working on a number of routines, including one set to the Footloose theme song.

“We are so excited to be preparing for the Olympic Games,” she said.

“We are really proud that so much of the Australian team is based in Western Australia.”

The swimmers will spend the next 10 months commuting between the WA Institute of Sport in Mt Claremont and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

In between working and studying, they will train for about seven hours every day in Perth, and at least 10 hours daily on the AIS training camp.

Club president Andrea Hewson said synchronised swimming was a growing sport in Australia.

“We hope that many more girls will be inspired to try the sport by the success of the West Coast Splash girls,” Hewson said.

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