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Synchronised Swimming II

Rosita TSE, coach of the Hong Kong Synchronised Swimming Team, makes her first bold try in life – providing training to a group of seniors with an average age of over 73 by letting them take upon themselves a synchronised swimming challenge, so as to break the barrier put up by their age. In the previous episode, the eight elders had gone through the first stage of training, in which they overcame the challenge of performing five basic synchronised swimming moves in the mid-term test, including backstroke kicks, continuous spins, “head first sculls”, “eggbeater kicks” and double patterns. In this episode, they are divided into two teams by gender for the ultimate challenge, which is even more difficult than the previous one. Each team takes on the challenge of a one-minute team synchronised swimming task. The performances will be scored using the artistic impression, difficulty and execution as evaluation criteria.

Synchronised swimming is an aquatic sport that integrates music, gymnastics, dance, and swimming strokes. Athletes need to perform moves such as lifts, turns, twists, and verticals without touching the bottom of the pool. It is sure that the athletes will achieve twice the result with half the effort if they have learnt dancing before. “Dry land training” is one of the drills on land in synchronised swimming which imitates dance. Athletes can have a better understanding of each move through imitating in-water swimming strokes on land. To the elders, swimming may be as easy as a hand’s turn, but dancing may be a totally different matter.

It seems that the essential elements required for synchronised swimming such as speed, agility, flexibility and coordination are all related to age. To surmount the difficulties, the seniors have no other choice but to train hard. Apart from the pool trainings, they practise hard on the beach every single day. Will their diligence and determination help them overcome the age barrier, so as to create an unprecedented chapter in the history of synchronised swimming by performing the beautiful and elegant sychronised swimming moves in front of the audience for one minute?

Executive Producer: Shirley LEE
Producer: Queenie SIN
Assistant: Producer: Reamy CHUNG

Sports for All

“Sports are for all of us to participate in”. The general public is showing active support for elite athletes, who are devoted to advocating sports with a view to contributing to society with their expertise. The programme will invite outstanding athletes of various sports to schools and communities to instruct students and members of the public with professionalism. Through filming the course of training, which is a mixture of joy and hardship, in the format of a reality show, the programme enables the audience to have a taste of the challenges and fun of sports. We also hope that our audience’s sports knowledge can be enriched in the meantime of promoting sports in the community, so that “sports for all” can be materialised.
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