Smith returns to British team as HPM
18th March 2013
Commonwealth bronze medallist Lauren Smith has returned to the British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team after taking on the role as High Performance Manager (HPM).
Since retiring from competitive action, Smith helped to organise the inaugural Down Syndrome Synchronised Swimming World Championships and worked for LOCOG in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I am looking forward to helping British Synchro fight for their place and world ranking at the Rio Olympics.
Smith will replace Adele Carlsen who has been involved as director and high performance manager of British Synchro since 2003.
Carlsen, also a Commonwealth medallist, has been an integral part to the development of the sport in this country and has worked alongside National Performance Director Biz Price since 2007 through both the Beijing and London Olympic Games.
After London 2012, Carlsen took the decision to move on and take up a full time position with her company Aquabatix.
As she prepares to return to the British team’s base in Aldershot, Smith said: “I am extremely excited to be taking up this role with the team.
“As an athlete for 18 years and then working with LOCOG in planning and running the Olympic Games, I feel this is the perfect next step in my career.
“I am looking forward to helping British Synchro fight for their place and world ranking at the Rio Olympics. I am also excited about the World Championships this year, which will be my first major competition with the team.
“I have experience of World Championships as an athlete and it will be good to see it from the other side. There are a number of new athletes in the team and I am looking forward to seeing the final masterpiece of their first year’s work.”
On the new appointment, Price commented: “I am pleased to welcome Lauren back to the High Performance Centre in her new role as HPM.
“She was a big part of the team while she was competing and I know that she will be a good member of our support staff.
“She has learnt a lot of new skills from working with LOCOG which she will bring to the role and I believe that she will be a great asset to have as we begin the new quadrennial towards Rio.”