Starlets earn Great Britain call-ups

Robyn Stanhope
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Robyn Stanhope and Rosie Gunn have delivered double delight for Portsmouth Victoria Synchronised Swimming Club.

The duo are celebrating after being selected for national squads.

Stanhope, 14, will 
represent the Great Britain junior team and 13-year-old Gunn has been picked to represent the GB development squad.

Both of the girls were selected with their figure results from nationals and were invited for trials with the squad.

The trials, which were held in December, involved tests of flexibility, stamina, strength and they both successfully made their respective squads.

And Stanhope was delighted with her achievements.

She said: ‘It’s really exciting as I’ve been doing synchronised swimming for six years and have worked really hard.

‘In the future I hope to make the senior squad and with that, hopefully, compete in the Olympics.’

The girls will now meet with the GB squads at training camps, which will be held throughout the year, with the junior squad on international duty in Croatia in June.

Gunn is looking forward to the year ahead.

‘I was really happy when I made the squad as all my hard work has paid off,’ she said.

‘We had lots of testing in the trials and it was really difficult.

‘But now I have made it in, I would like to one day compete in the Olympics.’

Portsmouth Victoria have also been celebrating the achievements of some of their other talented youngsters.

Daisy Gunn, 10, has been selected to compete for the south east’s regional squad following her figure results at the nationals.

Helen Morris, head coach of the club, is delighted with the individuals and the achievements of the club as a whole.

She added: ‘It’s great to have two girls in the Great British squads.

‘Since London 2012 we have seen a huge increase in numbers at our club and our aim is to keep producing these high numbers and bring the youngsters through at a high level.’