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British future stars head to Greece for Youth World Championships

Great Britain’s youth artistic swimming squad are in Athens for the World Aquatics Youth Artistic Swimming World Championships 2023.

The event sees the future stars of the sport gather for five days of competition from Wednesday 30 August until Sunday 3 September.

More than 200 athletes will take part at the Athens Olympic Sport Complex – which was built for the 2004 Olympic Games.

It’s the third running of the event which features thirteen to fifteen-year-old females and thirteen- to sixteen-year-old male athletes taking part.

Amongst the British contingent is Maxwell Sewell, who returns to the competition following his silver medal in the Mixed Duet Free event last year.

This time around, he’ll be partnered by his Aqualina teammate Kiarra Janikova who he won gold with at the Swim England Artistic Swimming Junior and Senior National Championships 2023 back in April.

They will be looking to get back on the podium in Greece where Sewell will also take part in the Male Solo Free event.

Also heading to Greece is the female duet of Alyssa Anderson and Magdalena Townsend.

The City of Birmingham became Youth Duet champions at the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Age Group Championships in March, winning by more than three points.

They’ll be looking to showcase their vampire themed routine that won them that gold on the world stage in Greece as they look to continue their successful year.

The first two days of competition will see the preliminaries for each event before all the athletes will compete in the Figures event on Friday morning.

Athletes will be judged on their performances for all four figures, which will then be combined with their routine scores to decide the finalists for Friday evening and the weekend’s action.

You can watch the event on the World Aquatics Recast Channel and all the results will be available on the World Aquatics website.

Image: GB Synchro

Great Britain squad and staff for the World Aquatics Youth Artistic Swimming World Championships

  • Alyssa Anderson, City of Birmingham
  • Kiarra Janikova, Aqualina
  • Maxwell Sewell, Aqualina
  • Magdalena Townsend, City of Birmingham
  • Katie Chapman, coach
  • Zsofi Steingart, coach
  • Sarah Clarke, team manager