Aquatic art proves point of interest in Karratha

Alicia PereraPilbara News
A group of WA synchronised swimmers performing at a Nationals competition.
Camera IconA group of WA synchronised swimmers performing at a Nationals competition. Credit: Synchro WA

Karratha could become the unlikely site of a synchronised swimming club if an inaugural set of classes attract enough interest.

The sport’s peak State body Synchro WA canvassed local interest in the artistic swimming style at the Leisureplex with a come-and-try event for children on September 26-27, and is planning to follow that up with seven weeks of classes from this month, provided participant numbers are high enough.

The body’s long-term aim is to establish a synchronised swimming club in Karratha, which would be its first in regional WA.

Synchro WA State coaching director Briana Preiss said the peak body had so far received a strong response, with about 25 people attending the trial sessions and one Leisureplex staff member gaining accreditation as a coach.

She said while synchronised swimming was outside the mainstream, it was a low-impact sport open to people of all ages and abilities which could be done competitively or just for fun.

“It’s a collection of a lot of different sports — swimming, gymnastics and dance all rolled into one package,” she said. “It is a performance sport and we tend to get not as much recognition because part of our job is to make it look easy.

“But it is a team sport, and it is not easy when you have eight people in the water at once.”

Collie, Port Hedland and Broome are other areas Synchro WA has or is looking into as possible regional trial sites.

For more information or to register for Karratha classes, go to karrathaleisureplex.com.au.

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