Synchronised swimmers seek support

Deborah Tsai with fellow synchronised swimmers Danielle ten Vaanholt, Rose Stackpole, Danielle Kettlewell and Amie Thompson. Picture: Marcus Whisson
Deborah Tsai with fellow synchronised swimmers Danielle ten Vaanholt, Rose Stackpole, Danielle Kettlewell and Amie Thompson. Picture: Marcus Whisson

However, the five synchronised swimmers need more support to get them to the international competition.

Deborah Tsai, Rose Stackpole, Danielle Kettlewell, Amie Thompson and Danielle ten Vaanholt raised $8260 on the fundraising campaign site Sportaroo.

It will cost about $8500 each to get them to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra for a training camp followed by the World Cup from October 2-5.

Synchro Australia vice-president Brian Miller said synchronised swimming did not receive Federal Government funding, so swimmers and their families had to dig deep just to stay on the team.

Australian team member Deborah Tsai said the Synchro Sisters would apply for local grants and receive help from her Claremont-based club and the WA Institute of Sport but would still have to fund a portion of the cost themselves.

Tsai, who trains at Claremont Pool with West Coast Splash, said the World Cup was an important competition in the lead-up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

‘Since London we have become the up-and- coming young team,’ she said.