The 2013 British Synchronised Swimming Championships saw the emergence of Jorja Brown as one of the country’s top synchro swimmers.
The Rushmoor swimmer – who is now part of the GB team heading to this summer’s European Games – put herself in pole position in both the Solo and with Emily Randall in the Duet after the opening day’s technical routines.
There was more to come on day two, as Brown performed an expressive Solo free routine to Ave Maria to secure overall gold and become the only domestic swimmer in the field to receive more than 70 points for her routine.
She nearly repeated the feat with Randall in the Duet as the pair scored 69.9 to finish on 139.1 before Brown completed her golden hat-trick with her Rushmoor teammates in the Team Free.
Q: What are your memories of the 2013 British Champs?
I remember the competition helped me gain a lot of confidence which I had lost in the few months running up to it.
It was a very emotional weekend, full of happiness due to how much I achieved, and also sadness as it was some of my teammates’ last competition.
Q: Did you expect to be challenging for golds in both the solo and duet?
Yes – I had said to myself before starting to train my solo that I wanted to do it to win. And both Emily and I said that we wanted to win duet.
Q: How long had you been working on the routines ahead of the competition?
I had been working on my duet and the free team for just over a year, but only a couple of months on my solo, tech team and combination team. I was training about 14-16 hours a week.
Q: How was your evening in between the Tech day and the Free day? Were you nervous?
I felt quite confident for the second day actually because day one had been so successful. I was still a little nervous for solo and duet but not so much the team routines. They are much more ‘fun’ to swim as you are swimming with seven other people, whereas there always seems to be more pressure for the solo and duet events.
But I slept well overnight. My duet partner Emily and I were sharing a room and we were both pretty chilled as we both had a good day one.
Q: What were your emotions on the Sunday?
I was very excited and relieved to find out that I had won all of my events and I was very happy with all of my swims.
I enjoy every time I swim at a competition and I love getting to show people that hard work pays off!
Q: Was standing on top of the podium at senior nationals one of the proudest moments of your career?
For sure. It made me feel so delighted to know that all the work I had put in could make me achieve the best results possible.
Q: How are the senior nationals different to NAGs?
I would say that there is more pressure at the Championships than at the NAGs as there are a lot more routines to remember. Some people will be swimming up to seven routines.
Q: What are your targets for this year’s Champs? Will the team be practicing the same routines as for this summer’s European Games?
Unlike 2013, the Championships now include a figure competition which I hope to do well in. My target for that is to get an overall score of 74 points.
We will be trying to get PB scores in the free and combination teams and I will also be aiming to win the duet competition with my partner Hannah Randall.