Transition Time: The Final Countdown
10th July 2012
Having received their official kit for London 2012, the British Synchronised Swimmers are preparing for their Games at their pre-Olympic camp in Malta. Team member Asha Randall fills us in on their progress.
Since our last meet in Eindhoven for the Senior European Championships the team have been working hard and getting ready for our next competition which is the big one…. the Olympic Games!
After two days off to recover from the meet we got back to Aldershot happy with our performances and ready to make some step-ups and changes to our routines to give us that extra edge.
We've sped up our technical and free routines so the difficulty has increased a lot.
We have changed a lot since Europeans, speeding up both our technical and free routines by quite a bit so the difficulty has increased a lot. Our Olympic Ambassador Robin Cousins surprised us at the pool one day and said we are looking so much cleaner and sharper!
We were also lucky enough to have Frankie (from Dancing on Ice) and Mark (choreographer for Dancing on Ice) come to Aldershot one day with Robin and help us out with our lifts in and out of the pool. It’s amazing to have these people work with us – we are all like sponges when they are here, trying to soak up all the information we can!
Our free routine theme is Peter Pan and for some of the voice-overs in our music we have actually got Michael Crawford’s voice! We were lucky enough to actually meet Michael in person when he came to training one day to meet us and give some feedback on our routine.
It was amazing to meet such a theatre legend and he was so enthusiastic and positive about the work we’ve been doing.
Kitting Out day
On June 26th we travelled to Loughborough for our Olympic kitting out day. Everyone was so excited as we caught a coach up there.
We were split into two groups, I was in the second. The first group went straight to the kitting stations and the second group had a UK Anti Doping talk to attend to before we were sent to the kitting part of the day.
The first station was the Next room where we got our opening, closing and formal wear. We each had a changing room and someone to help us pick out the right size for us. There was also a tailor at hand to alter any of the clothing if needed.
We were then sent to the biggest part of the kitting out experience which had the Olympic Village, competition and training wear in it. Here we had a person to hand us each item of clothing to try on – they were equipped with a clip board with our picture on it and wrote down every size we decided on to make sure the correct sized item went into our bag for us to then collect at the end of the day.
In the last room we got out training costumes, gym wear and compression suits. They also had a Team GB photo booth with lots of props. We went into the booth in pairs and took pictures – this was definitely one of the best parts of the kit day! We had so much fun in the booths and you could hear the screams and laughter while everyone was trying to quickly change position and props in the four second interval between pictures!
After that we had a quick media session where we talked about our sport and our day in Loughborough before we were taken through the BP Ultimate zone; here they had loads of mini screens with the Team GB athletes flashing up switching from athlete to athlete.
We ended the day with a foot and hand print scan to be used for the 2013 Olympic museum where they will have a section of all of the Team GB athlete’s foot and hand prints made into sculptures.
Once you had completed all of the sections you went to the front desk and collected your six bags full of kit and goodies. You’re welcomed with a person who has your clip board and you go through the bags ticking everything off making sure you have everything in your bags.
The goodies in our bag included an Ipod Nano kindly given to us by BMW MINI – this had all of the Great British roars from all over the country on it which was amazing to listen through although I have to say I didn’t listen to all of the supported roars as there was 1102 of them! We were also given some Panasonic earphones along with some other amazing gifts.
I felt like I was on a very big, free shopping spree with a personal shopper!
This was definitely an amazing experience that I will never forget. It felt like I was on a very big, free shopping spree with a personal shopper! It was an incredible day and I’m sure all the Team GB athletes can’t wait to wear the kit at the Games.
Last Pink Thursday
On the July 5th the GB Synchros had their last Pink Thursday before the Olympic Games! It was crazy that this was the last one as we started the Pink Thursdays when there was 28 to go in 2010!
This definitely put a buzz in the air and we couldn’t believe how fast the past years have gone, especially for us originals who joined five years ago in 2007!
We wanted to make this Olympink Thursday bigger than ever as it was the last so all the girls were on Twitter (more than usual which is hard) trying to get as many people involved as possible. We even had a mention the BBC South Today morning news!
There was a scream of surprise and excitement when we saw ourselves on the screens while we were doing our gym session. The lifeguards at the Aldershot Garrison also got involved and were allowed to wear all pink while working the morning shift which was amazing to see.
It was definitely the biggest pink Thursday we’ve had and we’re so grateful for everyone who got involved and the support.
Katie Skelton and I took part in an athlete photo shoot for Fabulous magazine thanks to our joint sponsor Spatone Apple (iron supplement). The shoot was to introduce some lesser-known female athletes who will be competing at London 2012. There were five of us in total with an archer, a triathlete, the GB hockey captain as well as me and Katie.
We had a great time at the shoot and met some lovely people who were in charge of us for the afternoon. We also met Katie Walsh who is the hockey captain and is based at Bisham Abbey where we train in the EIS gym every Saturday so it was great to meet and to talk to her.
Right now the Olympic team is in Malta on our pre-Olympic training camp. We’ve only done three full days of training out here in the sun but the coaches are definitely putting us through our paces and the whole team are feeling it already!
We are going through a training schedule of four days on, one day off so in total we will have two days off in the two week training camp.
This is going to be a very tough camp and the coaches have definitely showed this by what we have already been put through on these first few days but the whole team are keeping their spirits up and we are telling ourselves that this is OUR games and we know we need to go through this pain to ensure we perform to the best of our ability at the Olympics!
We tell each other it’s all worth it and BRING ON THE GAMES!