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Swim England 2019 synchro training squad announced

Swim England has announced its 2019 synchronised swimming training squad. The squad includes 22 athletes, five of whom are new to the programme, and will form the 2019 senior and junior Great Britain teams. Throughout the season, the athletes will travel to world series events, the Senior European Cup and the Junior European Championships. There are 6 Reading Royals’ swimmers in the squads – Abi Taylor, Alyssa Basinger, Cerys Larsen, Daisy Gunn, Isobel Blinkhorn and Torrie Usher. Full announcement HERE

An Update from Maria Ramos

   Hello Synchro Friends  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 continueRead More

European challenge awaits synchro juniors

British Swimming – Full story here The British Junior Synchronised Swimming team will head to Rijeka in Croatia for the European Junior Championships from the 22-26 June. 11 athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain (including Reading’s Emma Critchley and Hannah Mulshaw) with many making full international debuts. The team also comprises of four athletes that recently competed in London at the LEN European Aquatics Championships; Kate Shortman, Isabelle Thorpe, Emma Critchley and Danielle Cooper who will bring important experience into the camp. Competition begins in Croatia on 22ndRead More

Federici and Clark will head to Rio 2016

                    The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today confirmed that Federici and Clark will head to Rio 2016 to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games. Olivia Federici and Katie Clark will be competing in the duet event in which they secured the quota place for Britain in the qualification event which took place in Brazil in March. “Both athletes competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games together in the team event. This has created a strong bond between them thatRead More

GB Synchro secure quota place for the Rio Olympics

March 7, 2016 English synchronised swimmers Katie Clark and Olivia Federici secured Great Britain a quota place for the Rio Olympics following their performance at the Olympic Qualification Tournament. Competing at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio, the Duet pair improved their score with every routine and took first place in the Duet Free second round. Click here for the full results from the Rio 2016 Synchronised Swimming Olympic Qualification Tournament Clark and Federici returned to full time training at the start of 2016 and made an encouraging competitive comeback with a top tenRead More

Synchro swimmers ready for Olympic qualifying test

  Synchronised Swimmers Katie Clark and Olivia Federici have been named as the Duet that travels to Rio to compete in the Olympic Test event with the aim of securing the vital quota place for Great Britain. London Olympians Clark and Federici will compete in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre which will host the Olympic Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament from the 2 – 6 March. The newly refurbished Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre is situated at the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park which is on the south side ofRead More


 Aquazone article by EMMA CRITCHLEY The realisation that we’d be making history, by competing at the first ever European games, held in Baku, was immense and filled us with excitement. This excitement gave us the drive that we needed to up our game in training, ready for Baku. We then had about three months before the games. In early May the team went to the English Championships as a practice event, but I set off to Tokyo for the Japan Open with the duet squad. We all gained experience andRead More

Andrea Holland talks to Parents4sport

  “Synchronised Swimming is an incredible sport to be involved in, as it teaches youngsters so many important aspects, in addition to improving overall fitness levels. You make friendships that can last a lifetime, you understand the importance of team and working with others, you can be competitive but in a controlled environment with full support of your coaches and team mates, you can be creative and artistic developing unusual choreography and wearing the most fabulous costumes. But, it also teaches discipline, to turn up for training on time, toRead More


 Aqua Zone   Reading Royals synchro star Emma Critchley made her International debut as part of the 12-strong GBR synchro team competing at the French Open in March 2014, where they finished fifth in the Free Combination event. 15-year-old Emma first started synchro when she was 10 years old, having been inspired by seeing it on television. Critchley went on to compete as part of the British Gas GBR Synchronisd Swimming Team at the 2014 LEN European Championships in Berlin, and as part of the England Talent team at the Mediterranean Cup the following month.Read More

UK Sport accused of bias against team sports

The Government and UK Sport were under mounting pressure to address the growing “bias” in funding between elite individual and team sports on Wednesday night after five of the latter – including synchronised swimming – had the loss of millions of pounds of Lottery support confirmed. David Sparkes, the British Swimming chief executive who is responsible for overseeing synchronised swimming and water polo, said bias against team sports was built into UK Sport’s no-compromise approach as it was currently being implemented. “There’s no question about that,” he said of aRead More