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Great Britain’s finest Artistic Swimming judges receive amazing results

Some of our inspirational Artistic Swimming technical officials have been rewarded with new qualifications allowing them to officiate at the world’s biggest events.

Whilst our athletes train hard to qualify and compete at the next world championships and Olympic Games they may be joined by some of our exceptional volunteers.

Allison Pratt who now has more than 40 years of experience within the sport has become one of first in the world to qualify as a Technical Controllers, a  new role introduced by FINA as part of the sports rule changes.

Allison is also a certified FINA ‘A’ Judge, the top level of qualification, and is now joined at that level by Hannah Secher after she recently earned herself a promotion.

The Rugby Synchro Head Coach also now holds the highest standard of qualification within the organisation meaning she can now be selected by FINA alongside Allison to judge at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Erica Moo, Sarah Clarke and Scotland’s Linda Atkinson have each gained a new qualification of their own too.

The trio recently attended and passed the FINA Judge Certification School in Porto course meaning they are eligible to continue judging at International competitions.

Deserved recognition

Maria Ramos, Swim England’s Chair of the Artistic Swimming Leadership Group and new vice chair of the LEN Artistic Swimming Committee thanked the officials for their commitment to the sport.

She said: “I am thrilled these judges have been recognised for their expertise at the very highest level.

“Great Britain has a long history developing high quality, knowledgeable and fair officials, which are essential qualities in the technical sport of Artistic Swimming.

“These judges volunteer their time at all levels of competitions, from local novice competitions to the Olympic Games, and their hard work to be the best officials they can be is to be applauded.

“My thanks and congratulations go to them all for their commitment to the sport.”

You can find more about becoming an Artistic Swimming judge here.

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