Olympian Jenna Randall’s Championships blog - day two
Olympian Jenna Randall is sitting on the side-lines in Gloucester this weekend as she finishes her recovery from back injury. She has kindly taken time out from helping coach the Duet to give her opinion of the first event of the British Gas Synchronised Swimming Championships 2010 for swimming.org.
Yesterday after the competition I went back to the hotel with Asha and Olivia just to relax and rest which was nice. Then in the evening the team did the walk through of their routine to make sure everything was sharp and ready for today and we had dinner then went to bed, so nothing too exciting!
I watched all of the teams perform this morning and Bristol Central were looking really good. They showed some really tight patterns which was good to see and had some great elements to their routine.
The GB team did okay in their performance and managed to make an impact on the judges so I’m pleased for all of the girls.
China were near perfect again – they’re just amazing to watch. But I think their scores could have been higher.
The crowd here really got behind everybody and they’re creating an amazing atmosphere for all of the swimmers. It really lifts the competition when you have spectators supporting you and makes you want to perform better.
This afternoon I did an autograph session after the Team performance. I’d never done one before so I didn’t know what to expect and certainly didn’t expect anyone to turn up to get my autograph!
I was a little bit shocked to see quite so many people queuing up to see me, they were mostly little girls which was really sweet and I had some photo cards that British Gas had made for me that I was signing.
I haven’t swum for my club, Rushmoor, in a long time because I’ve been with the British team meaning I haven’t been to this competition for a few years, so it’s really nice to know that they are still interested in what we are doing.
This afternoon I helped out Olivia and Asha run through their Duet routine to make sure everything was perfect.
Watching Asha step up and compete alongside Olivia makes me so nervous because she’s my little sister and I want her to do well and show everyone what she is capable of.
It’s the last day tomorrow so I’m excited to see the final routines.