New generation come through Syncro trials
Performances at the British Synchronised Swimming trials have secured places for nine athletes to the full-time training squad based at the sport’s High Performance Centre in Aldershot.
The trials, held at the end of August, have shaped the future of the sport following a number of athlete retirements at the end of the FINA World Championships in July.
The following athletes have been selected to the squad:
- Lucy Bowes (15), Trafford SSC. Lives - Aldershot
- Jorja Brown (16), Rushmoor. Lives - Fleet
- Amy Campbell (16), Rushmoor. Lives - Gillingham Kent
- Jodie Cowie (16), Rushmoor. Lives - Ashford, Kent
- Emily Randall (17), Rushmoor. Lives - Old Woking, Surrey
- Genevieve Randall (15), Bristol. Lives - Furingdon, Oxford
- Hannah Randall (16), Rushmoor. Lives - Old Woking, Surrey
- Sophie Randle (16), Rugby. Lives - Rugby
- Imogen Smith (14), Rushmoor. Lives - Winchfield, Hampshire
All of the successful athletes are a product of the synchronised swimming talent identification and development programme implemented by National Performance Director Biz Price.
“This is a very exciting group of athletes who have a strong background of coming through our talent pathway programme,” said Price.
“From a young age, these athletes have laid down the foundations required at the very top of the sport and this will provide a huge boost to future performances.
“It’s an exciting time for the athletes and the sport as they are now ready for the next phase of their development into the senior ranks.”
The nine selected athletes will focus on developing team routines to continue Britain’s rise through the world rankings while five of the group - Bowes, Campbell, Cowie, G. Randall, H. Randall – will also work towards the duet and solo events.