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Adele Carlsen - update from World Cup training camp

10 September, 2010
The British Synchro squad, powered by British Gas, are currently preparing for the Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu, China on 16 – 19 September. In this update, high performance manager Adele Carlsen reviews the second-half of the team’s training camp in Doha, as they put the finishing touches to their preparation.

The camp has gone really well and everyone feels totally prepared to compete in China next week.

Our training camp in Doha is coming to an end and tomorrow we leave here for China where the World Cup is taking place.

Last night we performed a 30 minute show for some of the ex-pats living here. Whenever we do a pre competition camp, we like to organise a show to put the athletes under pressure. The coaches will run a competition simulation on the same day to mirror the competition as much as possible.

Everyone is in full kit, the training will be organised just like it would be at a competition so specific competition warm-ups will be trialled out, the music will be used less for practice and the athletes and coaches will go through their full competition preparation.

Bringing in an audience helps the athletes with their performance and makes the simulation seem more real. It is also a great opportunity for us to showcase the sport to those who may never have seen it before as well as increase our own profile through the media in that country.

The show went really well with the athletes performing both the free and technical team alongside the technical duet and technical solo routine. 

Earlier in the week we gave the athletes a well deserved day off. We feel it’s important to learn and experience something about the culture of the country that we are in which isn’t always possible at a competition but at a training camp where we get a day off it is much more viable.

The hotel organised a short trip around Doha to see the city and to experience briefly the Souk which is their equivalent of a market. We wanted to visit the Islamic museum but unfortunately it was closed.

However the architecture was quite amazing from the outside. Baring in mind it was around 40 degrees we knew we wouldn’t be able to stay outside very long, especially as it was still Ramadan so we couldn’t drink in public so we spent about 30 minutes in the Souk where we walked around the old style buildings, experiencing some of the locals as well as seeing some camels!

Tammy McGregor, a former USA National coach and Olympic gold medallist, has now arrived at the camp to help us alongside Biz (Price, Performance Director) and Lolli (Montico, National Coach). Tammy worked with the squad earlier this year and will be joining us in China too. The camp has gone really well with everyone feeling totally prepared to compete in the World Cup next week.

Qatar is a great country, a real fusion of Arabic culture mixed with a western feel and there is an air of excitement about it, perhaps due to it developing so fast and having so much potential. The people have been very welcoming to us and the sporting facilities are superb.

I will be returning here in just over two weeks with the four Commonwealth Games athletes from the squad for our next training camp alongside British Swimming and we are all looking forward to coming back.

Check back to www.swimming.org/britishswimming/synchro next week for Adele's next update from China!

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