Synchronised Swimming Development Plans

Information on Synchronised Swimming development plans

Great Britain's synchronised swimming squad are improving their skills, routines and results and getting better every single day in the push for medals at London 2012. visited the GB girls in 2009 and talked to Adele Carlsen.

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There are five Squads in the south west. Some squads will join together for some of the activities.

Elite Squad (Skill 5 and all in National Squads) and Elite Development Squad (Skill 3) with coaches Georgie Coombs and Zoe Morgan Team Manager / coach;
Academy Squad (Skill 2) with coaches Sarah Pullan and Jean Pitfield Team Manager / Coach;
Academy Development Squad (Skill 1) with coaches Maria Shortman, Kelly Bryant and Vicki Banfield Team Manager / coach;
Talent ID Squad with coaches Mary Hooper, Kimberley Marchant and Viv Ebbs Team Manager / coach.

South West Development Squad Training Days
Saturday 22 January 2011 - Honiton
Sunday 20 March 2011 - Marlborough
Sunday 15 May 2011 - Marlborough
Saturday 11 June 2011 - Honiton
Saturday 16 July 2011 - Honiton

South West Skill Days scheduled:
26 February 2011
25 June 2011

Sky Sports News ‘Get Involved’ in Synchronised Swimming


It is phenomenal how disciplined and passionate they are - Robin Cousins


A ‘Get Involved’ feature on Sky Sports News takes an in-depth look into the world of synchronised swimming, with the help of the Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club.

Using underwater cameras the programme delves into all aspects of the sport – from training to performance – and gives viewers the inside track on what it takes to participate in this fun, challenging activity.

Synchronised swimming is an exciting mixture of swimming, dance and gymnastics, which is suited to people of all ages who would like to improve their fitness, flexibility and body tone.

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Interview with Maureen Dunbar

In between handing out awards to swimmers at the ASA SW Region Open Water Championships at Weymouth, newly installed President of Wiltshire ASA, Maureen Dunbar, explains how she got involved as a synchronised swimming volunteer in this video, recorded on 3 July 2011 (1m 23s flashplayer required)

England Synchro Talent Development Squad report

From the results of the December 2010 National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships, 16 athletes were selected aged 13-15, to attend the England Talent Development Squad Trials in February at Crystal Palace.

After an exhausting weekend of assessments, time trials and tests including speed swimming, flexibility and synchro skills, the top twelve athletes were selected to attend four further Level 3 Talent Camps.

ASA South West Synchronised Swimming Development Plan 2011 - 2012

Download file for details of how Region intends to

  1. Identify and Develop Talent
  2. Develop and assess Skills
  3. Develop Officials, Coaches and Assessors
  4. Run Competition Programmes
  5. Develop Young Volunteers
  6. Promote Aqua Fun CPD

Synchro Officials roles

Learn what skills you require to become a judge, referee, scorer or assessor for synchronised swimming.

Choreographing, Coaching and Judging Free Combination Routines

Free Combination Teams appeared in our programmes some years ago and there has never been any specific discussion on them. Some judges and coaches have had the benefit of seeing combination routines at international competitions but most of us have just gone by the rules without fully understanding the composition of these routines.

With this in mind, Janice Waters invited Jenny Gray to the South West to give a seminar on Free Combination Teams, both from a judge’s angle and a coach’s angle, in order to learn a little more about the make up of these routines and how to cleverly choreograph them. The seminar proved to be so popular that Jenny had to run another session in the afternoon, and everyone came away “buzzing”.

British Synchro selects Talent Satellite Athletes

British Synchro has selected a new group of athletes that will make up their Talent Satellite Athletes (TSA) for the coming year.

The Initiative is designed to give talented athletes a chance to experience training at the High Performance Centre, Bisham Abbey and get support towards their travel costs.

FINA Synchronised Swimming Judges School 2011

16 to 19 May 2011 - Sheffield

The School will be held alongside the LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup taking place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre (ISC), Sheffield. Delegates interested in attending the School can download an information pack and application form below.

ASA South West Region Synchro Squads 2010/11

Photos of 2011 squads taken in January

Academy and Academy Development squads

ASA SW Region Synchro Squad -
Academy and Academy Development (12 to 16)

Talent id Synchro Squad (9 to 11)

ASA South West Region Synchro Squad
Talent id (9 to 11)

Elite and Elite Development Synchro Squads(12 to 17)

ASA South West Region Synchro Squads
Elite and Elite Development (12 to 17)

Synchronised Swimming receives boost in Bristol

Former international Synchronised swimmer Maria Shortman (pictured below) has been appointed as a Synchro development coach for Bristol City Council.

The appointment will be the first of six such roles after the Amateur Swimming Association approved funding for six councils to employ full-time performance development coaches for the sport.


This is an exciting time for everyone involved in the Synchro community


Maria will work within the existing synchro section at the Bristol Central Swimming Club whilst working towards her UKCC Level 3. He main role will be to increase the participation of the sport in the area, working with other local clubs and schools and creating links with other sports such as gymnastics, ballet and trampolining.

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