In the Swim – Design You Trust

In the Swim

The Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Californian has its own synchronised swimming team, called the Aquadettes. It has been running for 46 years, has up to 25 ­members at a time and every year stages an annual 90-minute show, the Aqua-Follies. (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

The Aquadettes have featured in adverts and on breakfast TV in the US. (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

Margo Bouer, 73, who in her late 40s was diagnosed with MS. She says: “I saw the group perform and said, ‘That’s for me!’” (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

“We’re like a family,” says Valerie Andrews Link, the coach and, at 57, baby of the team. “These women are wonderful.” (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

The costume changes are the hardest thing, going from a wet suit to a dry one, and the ­swimmers wear tights under their suits to aid the process. An annual sewing bee is held to furnish the Aquadettes’ wardrobe. (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

“It’s the same as the Olympic sport,” says Valerie Andrews Link. “But we’re 40 pounds heavier, 40 years older, 40 miles an hour slower.” (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

“I always say,” says Andrews Link, “this is Laguna Woods, not Hollywood.” (Zackary Canepari/Panos)

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

UK Landscape Photographer Of The Year Awards
Color Portraits Of Immigrants At Ellis Island
This Is What 7 Million Flowers In The Netherlands Look Like
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings Series Unveils Superb Character Posters
Kate Moss for Vogue US, April 2012
Russian Photographer Kristina Makeeva Captures Women In Dresses Set Against Magical Landscapes
Spectacular Winning Images Of 2021 Black & White MonoVisions Photography Awards
Photographer Dieter Klein Captures The Nostalgic Beauty Of Abandoned Cars Across The Europe And United States
German Woman Shows The Reality Of Perfect Instagram Photos And The Result Is A Lot Of Fun
Beautiful Kirsten Dunst As A Teenager In 1995
Burnouts by Simon Davidson
Photographer Anna Radchenko Explores A Reverse Side Of A Mother’s Love
The Comedy Wildlife 2017 Unveils The Hilarious Photos Of The Winners
Rare Purple Crab Species Identified in Threatened Palawan Biodiversity
The Cross Sections Of Bullets In Macro Photographs By Sabine Pearlman
Flight Of Fantasy: Incredible Art Photography By Ravshaniya Azulye
This Photographer Captured 130 Images Showing The Stunning Beauty Of Redheads
The Plague Of Overweight: Photographer Martha Holmes Documented The Struggle Of Obesity People In 1950s America
American Eagle Underwear Had An Increase In Sales. These Unretouched Pics Are Maybe A Clue Why
Photographer Emily Lauren Wants To Change The Way We See Female Beauty
Twitter Thread Roasts Bathtub Tray Ads For Women
Ukrainian Photographer Creates Powerful Photo To Overcome Anxiety, And Here’s How She Did It
Stunning Photos Show What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Were African American
Breathtaking Surreal Self Portraits By Rachel Baran