Olympian Jenna Randall’s Blog - A review of the competition
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.
I think the whole competition has been really good. The professionalism at the competition is so much higher to how it was when I competed for my club. The TV board and the venue dressing make the competition feel like you are at an international and that makes you want to compete better.
It has been good to see the clubs putting more style into their routines and picking things up from the British Synchro Clinics. The performance levels have been raised this year and it is really good that the sport is beginning to develop.
After seeing everyone compete, I have been finding it hard because I have been really wanting to get into the pool. Sitting on the side has been tough but now my recovery is on track I am looking forward to when I can compete again. But it has been great to see the reserve athletes getting a chance to get in the water and test themselves in a competition.
Last night, the Duet did so well. It was so great because it was the best performance they have ever done. I knew that Asha [Randall] was nervous before it started and so I was nervous that there would be mistakes but it was strong and fast. I was so proud of them that I had tears in my eyes at the end of the routine.