Synchro swimmers prepared for early season test
2 March 2010
The British Synchronised Swimming team, powered by British Gas, are ready to take on some of the best synchro nations at the German Open in Bonn, which will provide them with their first international challenge of the season.
The three-day competition, which takes place from 5th – 7th March, will see the Brits entered in all events including the Duet and Team.
At the 2009 World Championships the British team enjoyed one of their most successful performances as they reached finals in all the events bar one. They will be looking to develop on their success into the 2010 season.
The German Open is the first chance for athletes to test out their new technical routines since regulations were changed by FINA late in 2009.
For National Performance Director Biz Price this competition provides a vital early season test for the athletes as they look to develop their skills in preparation for the FINA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
“This competition will see all new technical routines for each of our events,” Price said. “Our new routines include all of the new technical elements that now need to be included and this competition is the ideal way of testing the routines early in the season.
“We are entering the competition with a feeling of unknown because of the new routines. I am very interested to get feedback from the judges and the other international coaches.
“I need to know that I have interpreted the elements correctly and this competition proves the ideal platform for testing the routines. It is early in the season so I can ensure corrections are made for the rest of the season.”
“I will also be looking for the girls to perform the routines consistently. I have really upgraded the degree of difficulty in all of our routines and it will be challenging for the girls and I am keen to see how they cope.
“It is also going to be good to see where we are in comparison to our main rivals at this point in the season. Countries like Canada, Japan, Belarus, France and Greece will be competing at the competition and we need to start aiming to be closer to France and Greece.”
The British Synchronised Swimming team consists of: