An Update from Maria Ramos
Summer is well and truly coming to a close, we’re back to our schools/ work, our sun tans are fading, we find ourselves wearing our warmer hoodies again, and coaches have starting to think about the Christmas show!
But before we look forward, I want to take a moment to reflect on a successful summer – it’s always special when it’s an Olympic year, and I am sure you were all glued to your laptops and watched the Synchro live streaming. The top countries continue to innovate and amaze, with acrobatics, almost super human strength and flexibility. It’s very encouraging to see more global respect for the sport appearing, as journalists and even fellow athletes are astonished at their sporting prowess.
As a nation, Team GB surpassed all expectations and it was a huge privilege for GB Synchro to be selected to compete. One of only 2 sports to qualify without any UK Sport funding, the pressure was always on to do a good job and to demonstrate to the sport administrators that the GB Synchro programme is strong and thriving.
I am sure you will all join me in congratulating the athletes, Olivia Federici and Katie Clark (3 times and 2 times Olympians respectively) for their outstanding swims, both in Tech and Free routines. As a Duet, along with Katie Chapman coaching, they have worked incredibly hard, improving at every competition this season, so it was with a great sense of satisfaction to see GB had the biggest ranking improvement of all nations since the World Champs.
The other priority event for England was the Comen Cup, which is the only Global Age Group Competition. Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe competed in the duet event, with Kate also competing in the Solo event. Mimi Gray also competed in the figure event as she begins to experience high level international competitions.
Full results are on the Synchro Hub, but everyone was thrilled when the Duet placed 5th, only behind the Synchro Super powers of Russia, Spain, Ukraine and Japan.
Karen Thorpe has led a very strong programme throughout the year, and has been receiving many plaudits from both the British Swimming Board and globally for the fully integrated programme that England have in place.
Congratulations and a massive well done to everyone who has been involved in the international scene this year. We have made some significant steps forward and we should feel very proud of the squads, coaches, judges and of course the parents, all of whom have played their part.
At the time of writing, the selections are taking place for the new Junior and Senior Squads. Training begins again in early October, and we are aiming for higher standards this year. As athletes improve their Synchro skills, so must the selection criteria be raised. This year the selectors are looking at strength, speed of movement and coachability, on top of the technical Synchro skills in figures and routines.
Good luck to all those athletes trying out for 2017 squads.
Clubs are now starting to ramp up the preparations for the domestic competition season, with Regional events taking place all around the country. Please don’t forget to send in your results to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Synchro hub can be used to promote your event and report on the results. It would be great to see short reports from all regions, along with some cool pictures that can used to promote the sport to a wider audience.
And don’t forget your social media plan. Including twitter/ instagram handles @GBSynchro @ASAAquatics will mean they can retweet/ repost which will all help towards a broader reach.
Entries for the ASA National Synchronised Swimming Masters Championships 2016 taking place on Saturday 5th November at Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby are now open. Please click on the link below which will take you to the Synchro hub and the documents you will need to submit your details.
Please note: entries will close on Wednesday 12th October at 12 noon.
2016 National Age Group Competition
Entries will be opened soon. I have received a few comments asking for clarification on the conditions and timetable, so an updated version has been placed on the Synchro Hub which can be found via this link:
The timetable may be adjusted slightly depending on the number of entries, but the events will remain on the days specified.
In other good news, I have secured the budget that will allow for Judges to be selected and their accommodation will arranged centrally and will be located in the Official Hotel. Invitations to those judges will be sent out shortly. We need our best judges to attend our national event and we will need a full set of judges for all 3 days.
Mary Black Award
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Mary Black Award which is awarded annually by the ASA Synchronised Swimming Leadership Team to any person who is a member of an ASA affiliated club and who has given outstanding service to English Synchronised Swimming.
This prestigious award will be presented at the National Age Groups Championships in December.
Nominations should be submitted via your Regional Manager. The deadline for all submissions from RM’s is Friday 14 October.
2017 National Championships
National Champs will be held on the weekend of 22/23 April 2017, in Edinburgh Scotland.
This is an exciting opportunity as it will give our friends and colleagues in Scotland a chance to hold a test event in advance of them hosting the European Championships which will be in Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2018.
There are lots of logistics and details to be worked on, but the Competition Working Group is in the process of being established. More details to follow.
The SSLT will be meeting on 16 October and will be reviewing the proposals for the Skill Levels, Competition Framework and Judge Training. We will share the findings at the Regional Meeting which is being held on Saturday 22 October.
Please keep in touch with your news and activities and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.
|Maria Ramos Chair –|
ASA Synchronised Swimming Leadership Team
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