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28 Aug 2009

British Synchro has announced the 12 athletes that will make up the British Gas squad for 2009/10.

Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison have again been selected onto the national squad which features three new faces.

Yvette Baker, Katie Clark and Anya Tarasiuk have been chosen for the first time after enjoying a promising year on the junior circuit.

Ten of the athletes that competed at the FINA World Championships will appear in the British Gas squad for the coming year.

The twenty athletes that were challenging for a place on the British Gas squad took part in a seven-day trial which saw them taking part in three phases before they were selected.

The trial began with basic fitness and technical tests and the second phase saw athletes perform technical and routine drills. The final phase included choreography and land testing.

After the recent success at the World Championships, National Performance Director Biz Price is pleased with the new squad and believes they have the potential to help move the sport on.

“The new team has a good balance of experience and youth and out of these twelve athletes I believe we will have our next two Olympic teams which I think is exciting,” Price said. “I am quite happy with the team and what is really interesting is that we have selected four junior athletes on the team and they are going to improve quickly.

“This was our longest trial since I took over my role as National Performance Director went really well and for the first time I opened it up to anyone that holds a British Passport and is of legal competition age.

“There were people at the trial that I hadn’t expected to show up and some had a lot of ability. We had previous juniors, our satellite and comen cup athletes trying out. They were a lot stronger because of their experiences, which is good for me because it shows that the coaching methods and talent is coming through at the lower levels of syncho.

“The selection process has changed since I started in 2007. Our first trials we based decisions on 100% technical ability. This meant I would be able to train them physically but they needed that technical foundation in their ability.

“Now the trials are much more detailed we look at things like synchro specific skills, the athlete’s flexibility and strength and their artistic mastery of the choreography.

“Another really important factor is their coachability and how they retain the corrections that they are given. It is also important that they know where their body is in the water and in terms of where the other athletes are and how they work in the pool.”

Louise Woolley and Helen Morris have announced their retirement from the senior team after the successful performance at the FINA World Championships.


The new British Gas synchro team consists of:

Olivia Allison  Rushmoor 
Yvette Baker  City of Birmingham 
Katie Clark  Reading Royals 
Katie Dawkins  Bristol Central
Victoria Lucass  Rushmoor
Asha Randall  Rushmoor
Jenna Randall  Rushmoor
Katie Skelton  Reading Royals
Lauren Smith  Rushmoor
Jazmine Stansbury  Rushmoor
Anya Tarasiuk  Bristol Central
Cherry Wilson Rushmoor

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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