British top dometic synchronised swimmers set for Sheffield
11th April 2013
Britain’s top domestic synchronised swimmers will converge at Ponds Forge, Sheffield this weekend for the British Gas Championships 2013.
Athletes from 11 different British clubs will compete across the two-day event in Sheffield as well as international guest entries from the Netherlands, Canada and Great Britain’s Asha Randall and Katie Clark.
We’ve been training a lot together since Germany and I think we’ve made improvements in both our routines.
Randall and Clark are making their debut season as an international duet partnership and achieved immediate success with bronze at last month’s Berlin Open.
And Randall admits the pair are keen to continue their progress in Sheffield, competing there for the first time since winning Team Combination bronze with Great Britain at the 2011 European Champions Cup.
“We’re definitely looking forward to competing and seeing all the domestic clubs in action this weekend,” said Randall.
“It will be the first time Katie or I have competed at Ponds Forge since 2011 so it will be good to go back there because it’s a nice big pool which is really good for synchro.
“We’ve been training a lot together since Germany and I think we’ve made improvements in both our routines. Hopefully we can show that in Sheffield and improve our marks.”
Asha’s domestic club Rushmoor will once again be challenging for the top honours across the Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination events, having won the latter two in 2012.
We're defending two titles and it will definitely be tough but we'll be fighting and giving it our best shot.
Rushmoor development coach Louise Woolley is a former national champion herself and insists the Farnborough-based club will be battling for medals on all fronts, despite three of last year’s team having graduated to the British National Squad.
“We are excited and feeling ready to go,” said Woolley. “We started preparing for this competition from the start of the year after the National Age Groups and our Christmas show.
“We’re defending two titles and it will definitely be tough because we lost three of our swimmers (Hannah Randall, Jodie Cowie, Amy Campbell) to the GB team after the trials.
“We’re down a few but we’ll still be fighting and giving it our best shot.
“We’ve also got Emily (Randall) and Jorja (Brown) competing in the solo and as a duet and hopefully it will be a good competition for them.”
- LIVE STREAMING - you can watch day two of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships via our free live video feed on swimming.org
- TECH ROUTINES DRAW - find out the order of competition for day one's technical routines.
- CHAMPS LANDING PAGE - view the full schedule, live streaming information, ticket prices, show your Facebook support and find out contact information for this year's Champs.