Transition Time: The New Season
24th December 2012
After making history as the first British synchronised swimmers to compete in the Olympic Team event at London 2012, Asha Randall and her teammates are now preparing for the new season.
The World Trophy
As soon as the team came back to the centre on the 1st October it was straight into training and choreography for the FINA World Trophy in Mexico.
This competition is very different to a usual synchronised swimming meet. It is all based on artistic impression and most of the synchro rules go out of the window. You are allowed to use props in and out of the pool and you don’t have any time restriction on the deck before you dive in.
Training in Mexico was very tough - altitude and synchronised swimming don't mix!
At the meet many countries used face paints, extravagant costumes and swam with props like the Japanese duet who swan their whole routine using a rubber ring.
Training in Mexico was very tough. It’s at altitude and synchronised swimming and altitude don’t mix! You can imagine having to hold your breath can be extremely hard. It felt like your heart was going to pop!
Unfortunately the Great Britain team could not compete in this competition due to illness. This was obviously disappointing but it did give us a great chance to watch the other countries compete, including the Olympic silver medallists China.
We also managed to see the Teotihuacan Pyramids on our last day in Mexico which were amazing. I was so excited to see them and they were breathtaking.
Training for the duet
After the Olympics and Mexico training has been slightly less intense. We have just been doing morning training from 07:00-13:00. This is to help us make the physical and mental transition from the massive build-up of training up to and during the Olympics.
Biz (Price, National Performance Director) has decided to train two duets to compete next year and Katie Clark and I have been chosen to train as the second duet alongside Jenna (Randall) and Olivia (Federici), who competed at London.
Training is going well. We have completed our two duet routines and after the Christmas break we are going to San Francisco to train with our American coach for three weeks!
It's been really exciting to train as a duet and I can't wait to compete.
There are two competitions in 2013 where you can compete two duets so Katie and I will be competing at the German Open and the European Cup in Italy. It's been really exciting to train as a duet and I can't wait to compete. The duet is definitely a long term goal of mine, especially for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Finally, I was lucky enough to go to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. This was an absolutely amazing evening and a great way to end such an incredible year of sport for Great Britain!
In the New Year there will be a selection for girls to trial for the junior and senior squad. We also have many competitions throughout the year including the senior World Championships in Barcelona.
The team have now got two weeks away from the centre for the Christmas break. We still have to train during this time and all have personal programmes to complete before we start back as a team in Aldershot on the 7th January.
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