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Artistic Swimmers join Diploma in Sporting Excellence programme for 2023-2025

A new cohort of Artistic swimmers have joined the Swim England Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) for 2023-25 after an induction day at the Artistic Swimming High Performance Centre in Hengrove, Bristol.

14 Artistic Swimmers have been selected for the DiSE programme, which is delivered in conjunction with Loughborough College.

It’s the next step on the national talent pathway for the athletes who will get the opportunity to improve their key technical skills, physical fitness and performance lifestyle as well as developing knowledge around psychology, diet and communication across a two year period.

Swimmers were chosen following their impressive performances throughout the 2022-23 season, delivering performances on the highest stages at the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Junior and Senior Championships and Great Britain Selection trials.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to continue their development to help ‘guarantee the delivery of quality artistic swimmers on to Great Britain’s senior squad’.

On Monday 23 October, the group were welcomed with an induction camp at Hengrove Pool, which focused on a number of key areas including reflective practice, behaviours, culture, values and understanding the role a support network can play in their development.

The day was split into four different workshops with two practical training sessions and two discussion groups where the athletes got the opportunity to work with and hear from Swim England DISE staff, Talent staff and senior squad coaches.

‘Pursuing their full potential’

Speaking about the induction and the latest athletes to join the programme, Swim England DiSE Assessor Manager Darren Sims said: “We’re delighted to welcome the latest group of athletes on to the DiSE programme.

“It will give these talented the skills, knowledge and ability to pursue their full potential in sporting excellence, alongside developing the skills and qualifications for their career in or out of the pool.

“We have a number of workshops planned throughout the year to support in their development and each athlete will be allocated an experienced Swim England DiSE Assessor to support them every step of the way.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and we can’t wait to watch them grow both as athletes and people throughout the next two years.”

You can find out more about the DiSE programme here and you can also check out the latest selections and more about the induction days for the swimmers, divers  and water polo players that have joined the scheme.

Artistic Swimmers selected onto the DiSE programme for 2023-2025

  • Florence Blinkhorn, Reading Royals Artistic Swimming Club
  • Caitlyn Brook, City of Salford Synchronised Swimming Club
  • Loya Cenkci, Aquavision
  • Emily Dossett, City of Leeds
  • Scarlet Garland, City of Leeds
  • Lily Halasi, Reading Royals Artistic Swimming Club
  • Amelie Knight-Markegi, City of Birmingham Artistic Swimming Club
  • Eva Lawrence, City Of Salford Synchronised Swimming Club
  • Louise MacDonagh, City Of Birmingham
  • Bethany Robinson, Gateshead Artistic Swimming
  • Trinity Townsend, City of Birmingham
  • Anna Whitaker, City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club
  • Naëlle Winship, City of Bristol
  • Eve Young, Rugby Artistic swimming club