Name: Katie Pearce
Date of birth: 09/05/1998
Home town: Chesterfield
Favourite aquatic sport: Synchronised swimming
Favourite aquatics star: Ona Carbonell
I love volunteering because: There’s always a chance to give back to community. It means I can help younger swimmers, whether it be with aspirations or just a boost of confidence. Volunteering helps develop skills as every individual is different and people work in an abundance of ways. It allows me to give something back to a sport which I have so much passion for.
I am currently an A level student at Tupton Hall School in Derbyshire studying German, Law, Sport and History. I hope to progress to university to undertake a degree although I have not finalised my choice of university or course.
I have always thrived in water from any early age and have been a member of my local swimming club, Rykneld in Clay Cross. I started speed swimming from the early age of seven and competed at local and regional events. Throughout my early career I have always considered myself to be a fully committed team member.
From 11-14 I competed at open water in regional events, for which at one event at Warrington, in two successive years, I won the Ladies 1-mile event where I was competing against all experienced open water swimmers much older than myself. I never wore a wet suit during any training or competitions and trained in an outdoor lido in Matlock.
My first taste of synchronised swimming, at the age of nine, was at the annual Rykneld synchro show. I was hooked on synchro from this moment onwards, progressing through Skill Levels 1-4 and competing at many local and regional events for Rykneld. In November 2014, I competed at the Scottish National Championships for the first time.
I have been junior team captain for two years and senior team captain for two out of the last three years. I have also won club synchro swimmer of the year in four out of the last six years.
My hard work paid off in February 2015 when I was selected to swim for a beacon club, City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club. I competed at my first national event with City of Leeds in May 2015 at the ASA National Synchronised Swimming Championships. I will be competing later this year at both the Scottish National Synchro Championships and the British Synchro Championships.
In addition to my normal synchro training at my local club Rykneld on three days per week, I now train every Saturday and Sunday for City of Leeds at various pools in and around Leeds.
I love helping the younger team members in my club progress through their own skills and development and really enjoy putting together routines for Solos, Duets and Teams.