Top young blogger Amazing Arabella teamed up with Aquabatique and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Zoe Cooper to try out and promote synchronised swimming
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Popular blogger Amazing Arabella tried out synchronised swimming at a Stansted Airport hotel in a bid to introduce more young people into the sport.
The model and video blogger, aged just 12, joined synchronised swimming champion Zoe Cooper in the pool at the airport’s Radisson Blu Hotel for a lesson in different techniques and moves.
Zoe, who is part of synchronised swimming group Aquabatique which reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2012, said: “The aim of this event is to entice more girls and boys to get more actively involved in synchro.”
The sales and marketing director at STA now hopes to inspire both girls and boys into the pool and her firm has launched two awards as part of its Junior Lifeguard Academy for children aged eight and above.
She said: “Until now synchronised swimming programmes have focused purely on competition, but with demand for the sport growing STA created this taster course to give youngsters the opportunity to learn the basics.
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“Synchronised swimming is an athletic and physically demanding sport, so the awards are ideally suited to the JLA programme because it uses skills that are transferable into other aquatic activities such as lifesaving, strength, endurance, co-ordination and agility.
“Synchronised swimming has traditionally always been seen as an event for girls and women, and the marketing of courses has historically reflected this too. We want to break this mould and STA’s awards are packaged so they appeal to both boys and girls.”
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She added: “Amazing Arabella has a massive following on social media through her blog and it will be great for her young audience to learn more about synchro.”
At the end of the session Arabella took part in a mini choreographed routine for her blog.
Arabella said: “I love swimming, so to be given the opportunity to learn some synchronised swimming moves from Zoe is fantastic.
“I’ve seen her on the TV many times – in the Muppets film and in Bombay Bicycle’s Luna video – so I was really looking forward to it.”