TINY 12-year-old synchronised swimming star Alice Hodge is celebrating a big win.
Alice was awarded a medal in every category she entered at the sport’s top regional championships – her best competition result so far.
And her teammates from Borough of Kirklees synchronised swimming team fought off stiff competition from much larger city teams from the North East and North West to win silver at the event, held at Knottingley Pool.
Rastrick-based Alice, who has been in the BOK team since she was seven, won gold with teammate Isobel Scholes, aged 11, from Netherton, for their stunning duet in the 12s and under category.
Alice, who attends Brooksbank Sports College in Elland, also won two individual silver medals for her solo routine and for figures – judged on ability in a range of synchro movements.
Teammate Alice Wood, the 14-year-old Newsome High student from Beaumont Park, won gold in the 13-14 years figures.
The two Alices also enjoyed some success in the team combination competition, winning silver with their teammates Alice Marshall, Eloise Bray, Jenna Bissell, Isobel Scholes, Demi-Leigh Bairstow, Jennifer Merson and Jade Wyke
The BOK synchronised team train three times a week. The swimming competition routines were coached by former swimmers Leanne Parker and Helen Cassidy.
Parents have also taken qualifications to help coach the girls. One coach, William Cooper, first started coaching when his daughters joined the sport – and has carried on now they’ve left.
He said: “The girls should be really proud of their achievements. They worked very hard, and deserve all their success.”