Monks celebrates national synchro sucess

Warrington Guardian: Olivia Monks and Fiona Currie won gold in Sheffield Olivia Monks and Fiona Currie won gold in Sheffield

WARRINGTON teenager Olivia Monks is celebrating winning a gold medal at the 2014 British Gas Synchro Championships – after being coached by her grandma.

Olivia and Fiona Currie, both 16, who are members of Trafford Synchronised Swimming Club, won the technical duet competition at the tournament, which took place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

They were the youngest duet competing at the event and it was the first time they had taken part in a British championship together.

Olivia and Fiona, who lives in Wilmslow, narrowly missed out on a medal in the free duet category, coming fourth out of 12.

Olivia is a member of the England Talent Junior Synchronised Swimming Team and will compete in an international tournament in Croatia in June.

The girls had to juggle their GCSE studies with training for up to 15 hours per week in the run-up to the competition.

They are coached by Joanne Bean, Annabelle Surch-Williams and Margaret Monks, who is Olivia’s grandma.

Annabelle said: “The girls have done themselves and Trafford Synchronised Swimming Club proud.

“They gave a superb performance, and their achievement gives them a platform from which to build to be right up there in the medals later this year at their next national competition.”

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