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Moana Pool users were treated to a synchronised swimming display at the weekend.

The South Island Synchronised Swimming Championship was held on Saturday and Sundayattracted competitors from Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Invercargill had the largest contingent of the 42 competitors, while Christchurch was also well represented.

Meet manager Phyll Esplin said Moana Pool was a great place to host the event and people at the pool stopped to watch the competitors’ routines.

“Everyone really enjoys Moana Pool for synchro. It’s got lots of light, especially at this time of year when the sun does not shine in so brightly. It’s an excellent venue for this time of year.”

There were two Dunedin competitors in the championship as synchronised swimming was in a “rebuilding phase” locally as some members had stopped the sport in recent years, she said.

“That’s why it was important to have the champs here because it still shows that there is a club.”

Esplin said there was a lot of parent support poolside as well as people using the pool.

Synchronised swimming was a difficult sport to learn as it involved a lot of core strength, she said.

“When you have done it a few years, it looks graceful because those kids know how to do it.

“There’s a lot of hard work to go into a sport before you look [how] you want to look.”