Blogger Amazing Arabella tries out synchronised swimming at Stansted Airport with Britain’s Got Talent’s Aquabatique star

Zoe Cooper, an ex-British synchronised swimming champion, taught kid vlogger Amazing Arabella a rout

Zoe Cooper, an ex-British synchronised swimming champion, taught kid vlogger Amazing Arabella a routine at the Radisson Blu in Stansted. - Credit: Su Anderson

A popular young video blogger teamed up with an ex-British champion at Stansted today to help encourage more into synchronised swimming.

Amazing Arabella, a 12-year-old model and blogger, joined synchronised swimming champion Zoe Cooper in the pool at the airport’s Radisson Blu Hotel for a lesson in different techniques and moves.

Zoe, who is part of synchronised swimming group Aquabatique which reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2012, said: “The aim of this event is to entice more girls and boys to get more actively involved in synchro.

“Amazing Arabella has a massive following on social media through her blog and it will be great for her young audience to learn more about synchro.”

At the end of the session, Arabella will take part in a mini choreographed routine for her blog.

Arabella said: “I love swimming, so to be given the opportunity to learn some synchronised swimming moves from Zoe is fantastic.

“I’ve seen her on the TV many times – in the Muppets film and in Bombay Bicycle’s Luna video so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Zoe, a sales and marketing director of STA, now hopes to inspire both girls into the pool for synchronised swimming and her firm has launched two awards as part of STA’s Junior Lifeguard Academy (JLA) for children aged eight and above who are getting into the sport.

She said: “Until now synchronised swimming programmes have focused purely on competition, but with demand for the sport growing STA created this taster course to give youngsters the opportunity to learn the basics.

“Synchronised swimming is an athletic and physically demanding sport, so the awards are ideally suited to the JLA programme because it uses skills that are transferable into other aquatic activities such as lifesaving, strength, endurance, co-ordination and agility.”

Zoe added: “Synchronised swimming has traditionally always been seen as an event for girls and women, and the marketing of courses has historically reflected this too. We want to break this mould and STA’s awards are packaged so they appeal to both boys and girls.”

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