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World renowned coach joins British Synchro

13th May 2013

Japan’s Masayo Imura is joining British Synchro in the lead up to the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona to help coach the Duet and Solo routines.

Imura, who begins her consultancy on 15th May, will work mainly with Commonwealth silver medallists Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici and add an extra element as they train for their fourth World Championships.

The world renowned Imura is a former synchronised swimmer and first started coaching in 1974 for Japan’s National Synchronised Swimming Team. Under her tutelage the team enjoyed Olympic success with silver medals in both 2000 and 2004.

She is world renowned and I know will add value to our programme ahead of the World Championships.

In 2006 she became Head Coach for China, guiding them to team bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and six medals from the seven events at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

At London 2012, the Chinese achieved their best Olympic syncho result in history with team silver and duet bronze.

National Performance Director Biz Price admits Imura’s experience and dedication was something she wanted to introduce to the programme.

“I really admire her work ethic and her work with the athletes to increase artistic and technical score,” Price said.

“I have known Masayo since the 80s and 90s and we would share ideas and we would help coach each other’s athletes. I used to work with the Chinese Synchronised Swimming team just before Masayo started with them.

“She is world renowned and I know will add value to our programme ahead of the World Championships.”

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