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Amie Thompson is the new swimmers representative for Synchro Australia

Amie Thompson is the newly elected swimmers representative. Her role is to represent the needs of swimmers across Australia. Swimmers are welcome to reach out if they have any questions by email to swimmersrep@synchro.org.au 

Amie has been swimming since 2008 and she has competed at every nationals since 2009. She grew up in Sydney, she was chosen for the 2011 World Championships National team as a reserve. She admits being a reserve was tough but it was a great experience. She balanced senior and junior national teams each year until moving to Perth in 2014 to pursue her Olympic dream. She reached this goal in 2016 when she had the privilege of competing in Rio. Amie resides in Perth and continues to train, as well as work 2 coaching jobs. She is a big believer in giving back to the sport and passing on her knowledge to future generations.

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Athletes Selected to the 13-15 National Team

SSAI is excited to announce our 13-15 years National Team members for 2018:
 
Anneke Bak
Zara Boubouras
Bianca Chira
Zoe Hewson
Margo Joseph
Maria Nadezhdina
Lena Pedersen
Milena Waldmann
Charlotte Smith
Thirsa van Amersfoort
Congratulations to all athletes on your selection!
 
The team along with coaches Briana Preiss and Jemma Singleton
will travel to this year’s Comen Cup in Seville (Spain), to represent Australia. 
Good luck!
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EASTERN SIRENS – winners of the Creative Pattern Competition

CONGRATULATION to Eastern Sirens for winning the Creative Pattern Competition. They received amazing 99 votes.

Swimmers are Breanna Wickham, Briana Brown, Jennifer Pak, Adele Wraith, Maria Kulshitskaya, Natasha Ransley-Raven, Charlotte Smith. Well done girls. 

2nd place: Canberra Cascades

3rd place: West Coast Splash 

4th place: Sydney Emeralds

Thank you, everyone, who participated. 

 

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Athletes Selected to the Junior and Senior National Team

GOLD COAST  – Synchronized swimmers from across Australia advanced to the national team trials in January at the Griffith University, Gold Coast.

The athletes were vying to become a member of the Junior and Senior Australian Synchronized Swimming Teams. 

A big thank you to the National Team Selectors – Anna Nepotacheva, Bridget Ammon and Kerrie Hammett, and to SSAI Vice President Marina Kholod for your help over the trial period.

The athletes selected for the 2018 National Teams are: 

Senior National Team
 
Kiera Gazzard
Alessandra Ho
Marnie Kennedy
Kirsten Kinash
Pam Kurosawa
Erica Li
Jo-Ann Lim
Sue-Ann Lim
Rachel Presser
Cristina Sheehan

Junior National Team

Georgia Courage-Gardiner
Kiera Gazzard
Alessandra Ho
Celeste Johns
Marnie Kennedy
Pam Kurosawa
Erica Li
Rachel Presser
Isabella Zanatta

Bianca Hammett and Nawal Leon Kurson are the National coaches of the Senior and Junior National Teams.

The Senior and Junior National Teams will participate in the Synchro America Open in California this June.  The Junior National Team will also compete at the 2018 FINA Junior World Championships in Budapest. 

Congratulations to all 2018 National Team members. 

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FINA JUDGING CLINIC, CANBERRA

26/01/2018 – 28/01/2018

Miwako Homma traveled to Canberra to host an Australian FINA judging school. Miwako is a member of the FINA artistic swimming technical committee and Olympic medalist. Thank you to Miwako and FINA for supporting judge development in Australia and New Zealand. 

This 3-day judging clinic provided Australian and New Zealand judges with detailed information on the new FINA rules and practice in applying them. 

Also, thank you to the AIS Women in Leaders in Sport grant for making this event such a huge success!

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January Camp And Trials

JANUARY CAMP AND TRIALS 

Synchro Australia hosted a high-performance camp this January, with 29 talented athletes in attendance. The camp was held for the National 13-15 and Senior/Junior squads.

It was a development and choreography camp for the 13-15 squad.  They worked on skills and drills for the new figures and choreographed their new national team routine.  Their team selections will be held at the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Synchronized Swimming Australia Open and Age Group Championships.  Good luck to all athletes.

For the Junior / Senior team, it was preparation for their team trials – focusing on both routines and element execution. Congratulations to the 2018 National Team members!

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Sue Edwards passed away the 23rd of January 2018

It is with much sadness that we write this – to let you know that Sue Edwards passed away yesterday, the 23rd of January 2018.She had been battling with cancer for some time. 

Sue has done so much for synchronised swimming in New Zealand – being the driving force behind our sport for over 56 years. Back in the early 1960s, she fell in love with the grace, elegance and physicality of synchro as a swimmer, which sparked a life-long interest. That interest took her from being an athlete to coaching, judging, refereeing, administration and governance here in New Zealand where she has led the sport for close to 20 years, retiring in late 2016. While retired, she still had an active interest in the sport – and shared her wisdom and experience with many of us as we worked to fill her very big shoes. There’s not much she didn’t know about synchro!

She also had leading roles on international bodies – the Oceania Swimming Federation and FINA (the International Federation of Aquatic Sports) through the TSSC (Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee) which she was a member of for over 25 years, helping to grow, develop and drive the sport across the globe. She travelled the world, spreading her knowledge through these roles and her role as a FINA Judge Evaluator and Educator since 1997.

She is (and will always be) a life member of Synchro Swim NZ, has been recognised by FINA for her outstanding service and was last year honoured with the CNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Her skills and wisdom will be sadly missed – as will the warmth and strength of her personality, and her passion for the sport that was a big part of her life.

We know that she will leave a big hole in the lives of her family –
Wal, Sam, Lisa and her grandsons, Harry and Max. They so willingly shared her with synchro, and for that we thank them enormously.


They plan to hold a small private family-only service for Sue. If you would like to send a card or messages, they can be sent to them c/- PO Box 67, Waikawa Bay, Picton 7250. The family have also requested no flowers, but if people would like to make a donation in Sue’s name to the Marlborough Hospice, I know it would mean a lot – helping people was so much of what Sue was about. http://www.marlboroughhospice.org.nz/cms/content/donations

A very special woman who touched so many lives.