Nairn swimmers are synchronised for successful return to the water
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NAIRN Synchronised Swimming Club are determined to make a splash again after being out of action for almost six months.
The club, whose athletes compete at a national level, have managed to return to Nairn Swimming Pool to get back into training.
Swimmers and coaches had to adapt to not being in the pool during lockdown with alternative training techniques.
Head coach Wyn McFadyen says it is great that the group can return to the pool.
“The club currently trains twice a week in Nairn Swimming Pool and were so disappointed to have missed nearly six months of training and the national competition this year,” she said.
“The coaches and committee worked hard over the summer to keep the swimmers engaged and their fitness levels up.
“They did lots of challenges for the swimmers to do at home and weekly Zoom calls.
“The club were able to meet outdoors for yoga and fitness sessions – but nothing compares to being back in the water.”
Working alongside High Life Highland, NSSC have had to ensure that training sessions are safe and Covid-secure.
Wellbeing and protection officer Jill Fryer said: “The changes which have been made include a dedicated Covid liaison officer present at every training session, the swimmers arriving pool-ready with their costumes on and coaches wearing masks during training sessions.
“High Life Highland pulled out all the stops to help the club get safely back into the water.”
Nairn Synchronised Swimming Club have earned a reputation of being small but extremely successful.
Many swimmers are regularly selected to swim for Synchro Caledonia, an amalgamation of all Scottish clubs, and often compete at English national events.
Prior to lockdown, Eleanor Fryerwon a
bronze medal at the English national age groups in Manchester.
McFadyen said: “The club consistently holds many national titles in solo, duet and team events.
“It is likely to be some time until regional and national competitions will be back on. But the swimmers are already working on new figures and routines for when they do take place.”
NSSC are looking for new members with a taster session, open to both girls and boys aged eight and above at Nairn Pool on Saturday, December 12. For more information email nairnsyn