Future Olympic hopeful Saranne Black is just five years old, experiencing her first taste of synchro when she began lessons this April. Saranne, from Warwick, travels to Birmingham every Sunday for lessons at City of Birmingham Synchro Club, with coach Sharon 'Shaz' Norton nicknaming her ‘the little mermaid’.
Saranne began swimming at only six months old and has always loved the water, feeling most at home underneath the surface, as her swimming teachers at Warwick Swim School where she has lessons every Saturday know only too well! Saranne also excels in gymnastics, so when introduced to synchro found it was the perfect match for her.
Having watched Team GB compete at the recent European Aquatics Championships in London Saranne was inspired, especially by City of Birmingham and England star Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured below).
With the Rio 2016 Olympics coming up this summer, Saranne has been learning about the Olympics at school, so hoped Bradley-Smith might be able to answer a few questions for her.
However, Saranne got more than she bargained for, when she had the chance to meet her hero Bradley-Smith, along with London 2012 Olympian Yvette Baker during a break in a City of Birmingham training session.
Saranne’s proud mum commented: “Saranne loves synchro and spends all week looking forward to her class! Her coach Shaz is fantastic with her and Saranne hopes one day to compete in synchro in the Olympics herself.”
Now that Saranne has been enthused by Phoebe and Yvette, she hopes she can one day be as good as them and dreams of competing in the Olympics.
Information on City of Birmingham Synchro Club can be found at www.synchro.org.uk