Synchronised Swimming I
People only think of the Olympic Games and waterproof cosmetics at the mention of synchronised swimming. In fact, synchronised swimming was listed as a female event in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games that was split into solos, duets and teams. Moreover, the first mixed synchronised swimming event was held at the 2015 FINA World Championships, although no man has ever participated in the synchronised swimming event in the Olympic Games.
Synchronised swimming is an aquatic sport that integrates music, gymnastics, dance, and swimming strokes which is also known as “Water Ballet”. Athletes need to perform moves such as lifts, turns, twists, and verticals while excellent teamwork and consistent action are also required among the teammates, so as to demonstrate their strength, speed, stamina, flexibility and agility above water along with musical accompaniment. In competitions, technical merit and artistic impression of athletes would be employed by judges as marking criteria.
Coach For All: Rosita TSE (Coach of the Hong Kong Synchronised Swimming Team)
Rosita TSE has been adept at swimming since childhood, and she has become attached to synchronised swimming after her first encounter with it at 14. At the age of 16, she represented Hong Kong to participate in a solo event in a national competition in the USA for the first time, after which she even became the coach of the Hong Kong Synchronised Swimming Team at 24. In 2002, she participated in the Busan Asian Games as an athlete for the last time and took the sixth place in duets. 12 years later, she led the Hong Kong Synchronised Swimming Team to compete in the Incheon Asian Games and won the sixth place once again from which we could see the silent endeavours that had been made by the team. Rosita TSE considers synchronised swimming a sport that is both tough to learn and master as it may take over thousands of times of practices to perfect just one move. Through her personal experiences and unnerving spirit, she seeks to bring the Hong Kong Team to a new height in the aspect of synchronised swimming. This time, she attempts to train a synchronised swimming team of eight elders for the first time, which is a significant challenge in her career as a coach.
Athlete For All:
Female: May, Choi-hung, Siu-hing, Ha
Male: Mr. KWOK (May’s husband), Yao-pun (Pink Panther), Brother Ho, Chung-wing
Synchronised swimming emphasises on aesthetics, as such, most players are young ladies. However, our challengers in this episode are seniors aged 60 to 84. They are all regular winter swimmers in Clear Water Bay, and they have been swimming every day at the beach for decades even under inclement weather. To prove the “sense of worthiness among the elderly”, they take upon themselves the invitation regardless of the inquisitive gazes from the public and partake in the training of synchronised swimming and its challenge, including performing five basic synchronised swimming moves consecutively and the ultimate challenge: complete a set of synchronised swimming moves with musical accompaniment in a group of four.
Executive Producer: Shirley LEE
Producer: Queenie SIN
Assistant: Producer: Reamy CHUNG