Sport: Synchronised Swimming
Course: 1st year in Fashion Buying and Merchandising
College: London College of Fashion
Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in your sport?
I started synchro nearly 11 years ago, as my swimming teacher was the Head Coach of the club at the time and thought it would be something I’d enjoy. Although I’ve been doing it for such a long time now, my biggest achievements have all been in the last 5 years or so! We made some changes and our club improved massively in a short space of time with us now attending national level events regularly, and I now coach the younger swimmers and judge at competitions as well as competing myself.
What is a typical week for you?
Since turning 19 and becoming a Senior/‘Master’, my typical week has become quite different to what it used to be. I coach the under 18s 3 times a week, 2 of which I then get in and train afterwards. However, living at home while attending university has resulted in being able to attend public lane swimming sessions at my local pool. With all the time we’ve had this year I’ve been going near enough every day in order to keep up my stamina and practise for some of the tests included in the GB trial criteria.
What are your greatest sporting achievements/what are you most proud of?
A fair few of my greatest achievements in synchro came in 2019. Firstly, achieving bronze with my team at the National Combo Cup in a category of 18, and then later in the year winning gold in both team and duet at the National Masters Championships. In February of 2020 I also achieved a skill grade 5 Silver, which qualified me to compete at British Championships as well as attend GB trials. Both of these unfortunately had to be cancelled, but I am hoping they will get to go ahead this year.
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