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Allison Pratt wins Mary Black Award

Allison Pratt won the Mary Black Award at the ASA National Synchronised Swimming Championships in Gloucester.

The Mary Black Award is one of the sport’s most prestigious awards. Each year, a individual receives the award for their services to synchro.

Allison has over 35 years of experience in the sport, and judged synchro at two Olympic Games. She started as a swimmer at the age of 11 and went on to represent GB. She was part of the European gold medal winning team of 1983.

Now, she uses her knowledge and expertise to coach others. As Head Coach of City of Birmingham, she spends six days a week on poolside. Several of her swimmers have made it into England and GB teams.

She is a multi-tasker, like so many others in the sport. When competition time comes around, she judges and referees all levels of competition.

Allison said: “After at least 10 years of jokingly saying ‘it’s going to be me’, it was a lovely surprise to have the award. Having the work I do recognised and appreciated is nice, although now I do feel a bit old.”

Allison is a respected international judge

Allison has always had a desire to be the best, and help others reach their potential. This desire is highlighted on the International Judges circuit. She is highly respected on the international judges circuit, part of the distinguished FINA ‘A’ list of synchronised swimming judges.

Chair of the Synchronised Swimming Leadership Team, Maria Ramos, said: “We received nominations from all over the country this year. The selection panel had the incredibly difficult job to select the winner from a bunch of amazing people.

“Allison is a true inspiration to her swimmers and the rest of the synchro community. She has a lot of talent, and is a dedicated coach and mentor.”