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Synchronised swimmers honoured at Swim England National Awards 2018

Daisy Rushton said it felt amazing to be named Swim England’s Talent Athlete of the Year for synchronised swimming.

Rushton played a key role in the success of of Great Britain’s junior and senior synchronised swimming squads throughout 2018.

She was part of the free and technical teams who impressed at the Junior World Championships for the first time since 2012 and she also took part in the Junior and Senior European Championships teams, which again impressed.

The future looks bright for City of Leeds’ Rushton as she has been included in the Swim England 2019 synchro training squad.

Rushton said: “It feels amazing, to have put in all this hard work and the get recognition for it.

“I would like to say thank you to all the coaches at GB, my coaches as Leeds Synchro Club and our team manager, Karen Thorpe.”

Performance Athlete of the Year synchronised swimming

It’s also been a hectic 2018 for Kate Shortman as Great Britain enjoyed a successful synchronised swimming season.

Like Rushton, Shortman was part of the team that competed in the Junior World Championships for the first time since 2012, producing the best British results seen at this level.

And she also took part in the Junior and Senior European Championships, finishing with best scores over all the events entered.

Shortman and her duet partner, Isabelle Thorpe are now training even more together in readiness for the new season.

The duo will be training together on a more focused basis under the guidance of full-time national coach Paola Basso.

Karen Thorpe, Swim England’s synchronised swimming manager, said of the junior world championship performances: “I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes.

“They remained calm, holding their nerve to put on the best performance I have seen from them to date. It was worth the wait.”