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Synchro stars gear up for competition

26 Apr 2010
Britain’s top synchronised swimmers are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010 as they gear up to fight for national honours.

The three-day competition takes place from 30th April – 2nd May at the GL1 Leisure Centre in Gloucester. The closest fight for glory is likely to be in the Team event with Reading Royals, Bristol Central and Trafford all in the running for medals.

The British Gas Synchronised Swimming team, powered by British Gas, will also be competing in Gloucester as they aim to develop their competition exposure early in the season.

The team will be competing in all events throughout the weekend except the Free Combination. Olivia Allison will be partnered by Asha Randall in the Duet and Lauren Smith will be competing in the Solo. Allison’s regular partner Jenna Randall has been forced to withdraw from the competition through a back injury which she is now recovering well from.

National Performance Director Biz Price commented: “This is a really good opportunity for the Duet reserve [Asha Randall] to train and compete domestically and a good challenge for Olivia to step up as a top athlete for Great Britain.

“Lauren Smith is hoping to receive the qualification score in the Solo for the Scotland Commonwealth Games Team. Lauren received this score in Bonn and will be looking to repeat this at this champs as she has to get it twice in order to qualify.”

This competition will feature many of the faces expected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games and gaining experience of competing in front of a crowd in the UK is vital in the development of the athletes.

“We have a real mixture of youth and experience on the team and being versatile now will help improve their performances under pressure for the major events later in the year,” Price said.

“It is exciting to be competing in this event in our home country and giving us the experience of competing in front of a home crowd before 2012.”

The competition will guest appearances from the Chinese Duet that won bronze at the 2009 World Championships and athletes from Italy taking part in the prestigious domestic event.

Price said: “It’s exciting to have World number three [China] and one of the top Chinese and Italian teams here. It’s adding to the prestige of our event and we hope to add to this in the future.”

This will be the fifth year that the Gloucester Leisure Centre (GL1) has hosted the national competition. The facility has been recognised as an excellent competition venue with two 25m pools and a spectator area that caters for up to 600 people.

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