Two teenage synchronised swimmers have made a stand against plastic pollution by performing in a plastic-filled pool. 

School students Kate Shortman (17) and Isabelle Thorpe (18), from Bristol, performed their synchronised World Championship routine in a swimming pool full of waste to highlight the impact of plastic pollution in our seas.

The two swimmers battled against bottles, plastic bags, food containers and toiletries to demonstrate the type of waste that ends up in the ocean and seriously affects marine life.

The routine was performed as part of The Big Bang Fair, which revealed that nearly a third (28 percent) of young people say they want to see the oceans being revolutionised by science, technology, engineering and maths.

Each year The Big Bang Fair, which took place earlier in March this year, recognises the UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of The Year at the country’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

To highlight the way that young scientists and engineers are using their STEM skills to address environmental issues, such as the impact of plastic on marine life, The Big Bang Fair challenged the British synchronised swimmers to perform their World Championship routine in a swimming pool full of plastic.

British Synchronised swimmer Kate said: “I am very inspired by the finalists of The Big Bang Competition who have developed new and innovative ways to tackle the plastics epidemic head-on.

“There’s no doubt that plastic in our oceans is already a huge issue, with consequences on the daily lives of future generations unless we do something about it, so it’s fantastic that young people are encouraging people to take responsibility and change their behaviour towards plastics.”

Watch Kate and Isabelle performing their sequence in the plastic filled pool in the BBC video. 

Image © The Big Bang Fair

Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.


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