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Windsor's Eels are electric at European Championships in Paris

WINDSOR’S Electric Eels Synchro club were back on the international stage last week, representing Great Britain at the European Down’s Syndrome Championships.

Having made their international debut at last year’s world championships in Florence the team returned to the pool in Paris last week having put in many hard hours practice at Windsor Leisure Centre.

The young team took on some technically difficult routines to music including Grease Lightning and Star Wars and impressed the judges with their lively displays.

Vivian Novis and Molly Khan were ‘over the moon’ after taking gold for their duet, while Molly went on to win silver for her solo routine. Henry Paxton was another strong performer for the club, winning a bronze medal for his solo display.

Electric Eels director Pauline Walker said: “Their routines have compulsory elements making them very technically difficult. But music, including Grease Lightning and Star Wars, made the routines fun and artistic.

“We hoped to get this across to the judges at the competition but the main goal was for them to have fun and enjoy every part of the experience.

“More importantly they had a brilliant time and they all gained so much from the experience. We were incredibly proud to see our swimmers do so well and we too gained so much from the experience.”

Their routines were choreographed by junior coaches – and ex synchronised swimmers – Jenny Bates, Natalya Furneaux, Izzy Rastal, Amy Rothwell and Sophie Wulfinghoff, overseen by Di Hughes and Pauline Walker.

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