Jodie Cowie’s GB Journey: Spanish Open
24th June 2013
In January 2013, 15-year old Jodie Cowie was selected to train with the British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team. She decided to write a blog to keep track of her exciting first year with the team.
Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted so this will probably be quite a long one!
First of all I am pleased to say that all my exams are finished. Woohoo! I sat them at the Connaught School in Aldershot rather than my actual school but all the staff were really kind and helpful so I wasn’t too stressed about sitting my exams somewhere new.
I am glad my exams are over but now I have to wait until the middle of August to find out how I did. My last exam was on Friday 14th which left me only a few days to pack for my first competition with the GB team.
I was very nervous for the competition – I think I probably packed and repacked three times! The more experienced members of the team were very helpful in preparing for the competition and answered a lot of questions about what to take with us.
We flew to the Spanish Open last Wednesday (19th) in the morning and then had about an hour to settle into the hotel. The hotel was really nice and the rooms were very spacious. They all had a balcony which had a wonderful view of the sea!
After having a very quick look at the hotel we got on the bus to the pool for a training session. The pool was quite shallow but we had prepared for that by practicing in the shallow end in the Garrison and not setting too deep for lifts.
It was also quite blurry underwater but I think we managed well. Over the few days leading up to the competition we were allowed some music time. This was quite a short and precise time slot so the training was quite intense.
On the first day of the competition (Friday) we trained in the outdoor pool. It was absolutely freezing! We had to make sure we had a lot of suncream on because the water reflected the sun and our goggles are also mirrored so we had to be careful not to burn our faces. I think all of us got at least a bit of a tan!
Then on Saturday it was time for us to compete. I was extremely nervous but again the older girls were really supportive and helped me to feel a little bit more relaxed.
We had the prelims and the finals in the same day so it was quite fast paced! We started the day by gelling our hair. It was a bit better than the simulations but I think some of us still need a bit more practice – maybe quite a lot!
As soon as we got to the pool we dived in and made the most of our time for the warm up. This was the same kind of plan for the finals in the afternoon.
After the prelims we were very pleased to say that we had officially competed for the GB synchro team! Then we were pleased again after the finals swim because it was better than the one in the morning. We got some good feedback from the judges about our swims and also some things for us to work on and improve.
I think we were all very tired after both the performances, especially the second one, but we all managed to stand up on the platform afterwards to hear our scores!
Then it was quite a rush to get ready for the medal ceremonies. All of us, especially the new ones, were extremely excited about getting a bronze medal because it was our first competition! I think we were all very proud to stand on the podium and receive our medals.
On our last day in Spain, we had a training session to start correcting some things we had learned from the competition.
The Great Britain duet had a brilliant competition as well, gaining a silver medal in the tech duet and a silver medal in the free duet so a huge well done to them too!
Now I had better get back to packing for Malta, our pre-worlds training camp, because we are going on Wednesday.
I’ll keep you updated on how we do in the World Championships in July!