Synchro Swimmers on Olympic path
16th September 2011
British Synchronised Swimmers moved one step closer to realising their London Olympic dream after completing the first part of a demanding trials process.
Twenty seven athletes from clubs across the country attended the trials at the British Gas Synchronised Swimming High Performance Centre in Aldershot and were put through their paces by National Performance Director Biz Price.
The week-long trial tested 27 athletes against tough selection criteria based on skills, physiology and fitness.
Price said today: “Synchronised swimming is a team sport. A good team ethic is critical as they will train together nearly every day in the lead up to the Games.”
The trial, which saw the largest group of athletes in attendance since centralisation of the discipline in 2007, also determined those swimmers who will be invited to train full time at the centre.
Price explains: “Our overriding objectives relate to the athletes’ abilities to perform at the High Performance Centre and the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
“We now have squad of 13 including three new faces aged 16 and 17, so that’s exciting for the future.
“Our target for next year is to place in the top six in the Team event and in the Duet, but it is going to require a lot of hard work from everyone to reach those benchmarks.”
The final group of athletes selected from this round who will be hoping to make the Olympic team next year is:
|Yvette Baker||City of Birmingham|
|Anastajia Bates||Bristol Central|
|Katie Clark||Reading Royals|
|Katie Dawkins||Bristol Central|
|Hannah Green||Reading Royals|
|Katie Skelton||Reading Royals|
|Anya Tarasiuk||Bristol Central|
|Samantha Wilson||Bristol Central|