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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Kelly Brook and GB swimmers celebrate launch of new lottery game 'Sync or Swim'

British Synchro National Coaches and Judges Clinic

18 to 20 September 2009 - Farnborough and Aldershot

The clinic focussing on Artistic Impression and presented by British Synchro National Performance Director Biz Price, will feature guest presenter Anna Tarres, Spanish Olympic Head Coach, and an international judge (TBC), and will look at creating and judging a balance of creative and technical elements to form a total routine. Information will also be shared on FINA updates and the new technical elements.

The cost of 40 per person also covers lunch and refreshments. Click for more information

New club set to open its doors as part of Gloucester legacy

Gloucester played host to the 21st LEN European Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships from Wednesday 22 April to Sunday 26 April at the GL1 Leisure Centre and as the young stars of the sport sculled around the pool, the keen eye of Heather Middleton, Gloucesters new synchro coach, was watching them closely.

"It was really exciting that the athletes came to Gloucester, it was good to watch all of the top teams," she said.

Middleton, a regular at the pool since her two girls were young, is a relative newcomer to the world of coaching. Her children have attended lessons in both swimming and synchro for a number of years while Middleton watched from the stands, but it wasnt until Julie Shepherd, GL1s Swimming Development Officer approached her to try coaching that she had given it any consideration; "I thought that I should give it a go, it seemed quite interesting and something that I would enjoy," said Middleton.

Two British Synchro Judges upgraded to FINA 'A' List

Allison Pratt and Lynne Squire have been upgraded to the prestigious FINA A list of synchro judges making them eligible to judge at all FINA events.

There are three different FINA levels for judges of synchronised swimming. The first is the general list of judges which means that judges are eligible to oversee general internationals for example the European Junior Championships. The second is the FINA B list, to be upgraded from the general list, judges will have received four good evaluations. Judges on the B list have the opportunity to judge at most international competitions for example the European Championships.

If judges on the FINA B list receive four more good evaluations then they will be upgraded again to the top A list. This means that they will have the opportunity to judge at prestigious events including the Olympics or World Championships.

Lynne Squire (Calne Alpha Four ASC) has been a FINA B list judge for the past four years and has previously judged at World Junior Championships and Commonwealth Games.

"I am thrilled to be named on the FINA A list," Squire said. "It has come completely out of the blue. I am hoping in the future to be chosen for an Olympic Games but I think it might be to earlier to be selected for the 2012 Olympics. I think I would aim for the 2016 or 2020 Olympics. With the appointment of Biz [Price] as National Performance Director and Adele [Carlsen] as Technical Programmes Manager, synchro has really been pushed forward in this country. After seeing the success of Jenna [Randall] and Olivia [Allison] at the Olympics, there is now a noticeable difference in the standard of synchro in Britain and that is great to see."

Current FINA A judge Jenny Gray has been named as part of the judging panel for the 2009 World Championships in Rome.

Allison excited by junior talent

Last year proved to be the most successful 12 months in Olivia Allisons career after she competed in the 2008 Olympics with her duet partner Jenna Randall. Their performance in the Beijing Water Cube surpassed everyones expectations and showed the rest of the world just where British Synchro is heading.

The British duet finished in 14th place overall, which proved to be an improvement of six places in just one year. Their success and the continued hard work at the High Performance Centre in Aldershot led to Synchronised Swimming receiving a 110% increase in their 2009-2013 funding from UK Sport.

Allison took three weeks off after Beijing before getting back into the pool and training towards the Madrid World Trophy, where the duet shocked the international synchro community by wearing flamenco shoes to execute the thematic duet.

National Synchro Team part of ITV1 fitness initiative

The British National Synchronised Swimming team is set to play their part in getting the nation active when they feature in ITV1s new fitness initiative.

The synchro team will take part in the show entitled Feelgood Factor set to be shown on Saturday 31st January. The ten girls will feature alongside hosts Eamonn Holmes and Myleene Klass as they show fun ways of getting fit.

The show is set to air on ITV1 on Saturday 31 January at 5:50pm.

Gloucestershire UKCC Level 1 Synchronised Swimming Training Opportunity

Interested in Aquatics and Synchronised Swimming? Special Taining Opportunity!

GL1 Gloucester Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Unit 1: 2, 15, 16 November 2008 (9am to 5pm)
Unit 2: 19 November 2008 (6pm to 10pm), 20, 27 November 2008 (5.30pm to 10pm) and 28 November 2008 (5.30pm to 8pm)

ASA South West and looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed people to train in the discipline of synchronised swimming.

Gloucestershire Leisure Centre are hosting the 2009 European Synchronised Swimming Championships in April 2009 and in partnership with ASA South West would like to establish some trained coaches both employed and volunteers to be able to deliver, develop and sustain the discipline of Synchronised Swimming in the lead up to and following this high level competition.

Sync or Swim

The idea for "Sync or Swim" came to filmmaker Cheryl Furjanic while she was watching the 2000 Summer Olympics. Though always a fan of sports and the Olympic Games, Furjanic realized that synchronised swimming was like no sport she had ever seen; a fascinating and mesmerising blend of aquatic strength and grace made to look effortless. She quickly filed synchronised swimming in the "things to make a movie about one day" category.

Three years later, in January of 2003, production began at the US Olympic Duet Trials in Federal Way, Washington. For two years the "Sync or Swim" crew tracked the progress of the team through every phase of Olympic trials and training process up to, and including, the Athens Olympic Games.

Coaching Education Opportunity in British Synchro

British Synchronised Swimming are offering the opportunity for a synchronised swimming coach to accompany a squad to an international camp in Canada.


  • 2-week training camp
  • Work with 2000 Olympic Coach Sheilagh Croxon.
  • The Comen selected athletes will be attending this camp with you. They will be training routines and figures for junior age athletes.

National Synchro Clinic for Athletes and Coaches

1 - 3 February 2008, Aldershot.

Lynne Sissons of Bristol Central attended the Clinic and has provided this report at Janice Waters' request.

Wilson called up

[Report from This Gloucestershire] Synchronised swimmer Sam Wilson has won a place in the national development squad after holding her nerve - and her breath - in last month's trials.The 13-year-old from Walton Cardiff in Tewkesbury had her preparations for the trials hampered by the summer floods, which led to the closure of Leisure@Cheltenham's pool.

Lack of facilities also meant that any team practice for the Cheltenham squad was impossible, and they were forced to withdraw from the Nationals at GL1 at the start of November. However, Wilson entered on an individual basis in the figure section and was placed 12th in the 13/14 years age group, finishing as fourth 13-year-old.