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Dawkins eager to check progress at Test Event

13th April 2012

Katie Dawkins insists next week’s Olympic Test Event is the perfect opportunity for the British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming to chart their progress as they build towards London 2012.

Taking place at the London Aquatics Centre from 18 – 22 April, the event will see the British squad reveal their Olympic routines in front of a home crowd for the first time.

It’s a great chance to get a feel for the Olympic feel and what it’s like to compete in front of a massive audience.

With the likes of Russia, Spain and Japan battling for London 2012 qualification, the Brits can expect standards at the competition to be sky-high.

And while Dawkins and her teammates have already been confirmed a host spot to compete in both the duet and team events at the Olympics, the 23-year old is adamant they cannot wait to test themselves against the world’s elite four months out from the Games.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to compete against all the other countries and see where we’re lying ranking-wise,” said Dawkins.

“It’s also a great chance to get a feel for the Olympic feel and what it’s like to compete in front of a massive audience.

“We haven’t competed in front of a crowd like that before so it will definitely be good experience for us.”

The British have made significant progress in recent years with duet pairing Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici winning Commonwealth silver in 2010 then achieving an eighth place finish at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

Dawkins and co. have also moved forward in the Team events, winning Combination bronze in front of a home crowd at last year’s European Champions Cup in Sheffield, then leapfrogging USA in the world rankings to finish ninth in Shanghai.

And the Bristol-born swimmer admits the young squad are determined to continue their progress past this summer.

“Our goals for 2012 are to come top six and, as we’re quite a young team, the main aim for us is to medal in Rio,” said Dawkins.

“Last year was amazing – we beat the USA for the first time which really gave everyone a lift.

“We were so close to passing France as well and we’ve got the Europeans this year where we’ll be competing against them and hopefully get ahead of them.

“Our results have shown our improvement in the past couple of years and I’m really hopeful for the Olympics.”

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