Smith Takes High Performance Role with British Syncro

17th March 2013

Former international Synchronised Swimmer Lauren Smith has returned to the British Gas GBR team after taking on the role as High Performance Manager (HPM).
Since retiring from competitive action, Smith helped to organise the inaugural Down Syndrome Synchronised Swimming World Championships and worked for LOCOG in the lead up to and during the London Olympic Games.
The Commonwealth bronze medallist will replace Adele Carlsen who assisted in the management of the team during the Olympics.
As she prepares to return to Aldershot Smith said: “I am extremely excited to be taking up this role with the team. As an athlete for 18-years and then working with LOCOG in planning and running the Olympic Games, I feel this is the perfect next step in my career.
“I am looking forward to helping British Synchro fight for their place and world ranking at the Rio Olympics. I am also excited about the World Championships this year, which will be my first major competition with the team. I have experience of World Championships as an athlete and it will be good to see it from the other side. There are a number of new athletes in the team and I am looking forward to seeing the final masterpiece of their first year’s work.”
On the new appointment National Performance Director Biz Price commented: “I am pleased to welcome Lauren back to the High Performance Centre in her new role as HPM. She was a big part of the team while she was competing and I know that she will be a good member of our Support Staff.
“She has learnt a lot of new skills from working with LOCOG which she will bring to the role and I believe that she will be a great asset to have as we begin the new quadrennial towards Rio.”