Rushmoor synchronised swimmer Jodie Cowie made her senior international debut in the team event at the 2013 World Champs. As well as performing in the GB team events, the 17-year-old partners Genevieve Randall in the duet.
At this year’s European Champs in Berlin, the pair achieved 14th place, having only trained together for a few months. Cowie was also part of the team finishing eighth in the Free Combination event.
Describe a typical day
As a duet we train four days a week, starting at 8:00am and finishing at 12:30pm. We usually begin with a gym and flex session that lasts about an hour and a half, and then are in the pool for about three hours. In the pool we work on our synchro stamina, technical skills and the routine.We train as a team on a Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, focusing mainly on the two team routines (free team and combo). Outside of this we fit in some extra training in figures to make sure they keep improving too. I do distance learning so once training is finished for the day I go home to do a few hours of school work.
When did you start synchronised swimming?
I began synchro when I was eight years old, at the first club I joined called Hythe Aqua. I went to a taster session and loved it and have continued ever since!
What is your first memory of synchro?
My first memory of synchro is the first time I wanted to go to a taster session, and the car wouldn’t start. I panicked because I didn’t think I would be able to try it, but luckily they let me go to one of the regular training sessions, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am now!