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National success for Sophie

SOPHIE ROBINSON has used Skype to help her in the pursuit of medals in the water – and succeeded.

The Thorp Academy student, a scholar of the Elite Performer Programme, has claimed a number of podium finishes in recent weeks after travelling to Salford and then Glasgow.

Sophie has to regularly chat over the Internet with her synchronised swimming partner Maddy, who is from Halifax, because they live so far apart.

But the distance has not prevented them from impressing.

Sophie competed in the figures, solo and duet at the Northern Age Groups held in Salford first of all; a competition purely for swimmers in the North of England.

She qualified to swim her solo, to Zorba’s Dance, after coming fifth for figures and then went on to gain an amazing silver.

With Maddy they also won silver after performing to Caro Emeralds song I Want That Man.

Sophie and Maddy meet at City of Leeds once a week to train and have additional training at Halifax Synchro Club on weekends, so there is a lot of travelling around.

For the Northern Age Groups, Sophie competed for base club Gateshead Synchro and Maddy joined too so that could compete together.

And the success continued when they travelled to the Scottish National Age Group competition in Glasgow.

This time Sophie, representing City of Leeds in their National Squad, was tenth in figures out of 70.

Based on her figures score she qualified with Maddy to swim their duet and won bronze and the following day she went on to help the team to silver.

The City of Leeds only entered two duets in their category. Their national squad is made up of the best competitive swimmers in the north region.

And they were selected to swim together so Sophie and Maddy proved a fantastic pairing.

Sophie has now been entered to swim solo for the English National Age Groups in Gloucester at the end of this month.