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Maidenhead Synchronised Swimmer Eva Narewska on the cusp of GB team

Eva (front) with her duet partner Emma.

Maidenhead Synchronised Swimmer Eva Narewska has been invited to Great Britain trials later this year to cap off what has been a fine three years for the young athlete.

Narewska, 12, only started the sport in June 2016, but with hard work and dedication has found herself on the cusp of being part of the GB development squad, as well as being selected in the South East Regional squad for 2019.

It is not the first time the Newlands Girls School student has been in the mix for a place on the GB team – last year Narewska finished ninth out of 85 competitors to qualify for a trial, with only the top 10 being invited – and impressed despite being one of the youngest athletes called up.

This year saw her improve on 2018 National Age Group Championships with her fourth placed finish seeing her called up for September’s GB trials.

The 12-year-old from Maidenhead trains at the Henley Synchronised Swimming Club four times a week with coach Mikki Carter.

She combines her synchro training with gymnastics at Core Gymnastics club in Maidenhead.

The sport requires an incredible amount of dedication due to the tireless nature of the routines and is said to be second only to long-distance running in terms of the physicality required.

“People don’t realise how hard it is,” said Eva. “We hold our breath for a really long time.

“People think it’s just doing handstands in water – but it’s not.”

Narewska is now concentrating on training for her trials later this year and already has ambitions of representing Great Britain. The GB duo of Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe are her inspirations.

“I want to get to the Olympics,” added Narewska “I’m 12 now – so probably 2024 [is the aim].”

Jane, Eva’s mother added: “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind but I’m really happy that she started synchro and I’m really pleased for the club too.”

For anyone interested in sponsoring Eva email: synchro@henleysynchronisedswimmingclub.org

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