National Teams

A National Team Members University Story

The challenge for any athlete competing in the top tier of their sport is finding the time to complete their education as well as excel in their sport.  The below interview is an example of a University that has supported Amie both in her sporting and educational goals.

Technical and Free Teams

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At this World Championships, Australia will be attempting to qualify a Team for the 2016 Olympic Games.   We are in the Oceania pool, and will be competing  against New Zealand for the right to go to Rio 2016.

The Team comprises eight swimmers and two named reserves.

The Technical Team:
  • Bianca Hammett (Captain)
  • Cristina Sheehan
  • Emily Rogers
  • Jemma Singleton
  • Jo-Ann Lim
  • Amie Thompson
  • Danielle Kettlewell
  • Nikita Pablo
  • Reserves:
    • Deborah Tsai
    • Danielle ten Vaanholt
The Free Team:
  • Bianca Hammett (Captain)
  • Emily Rogers
  • Jemma Singleton
  • Amie Thompson
  • Danielle ten Vaanholt
  • Nikita Pablo
  • Deborah Tsai
  • Danielle Kettlewell
  • Reserves;
    • Cristina Sheehan
    • Hannah Cross
Technical and Free Duet:
  • Bianca Hammett
  • Nikita Pablo
National Teams 2014 World Cup Daily Blog

2nd October

At last – the first day of competition! We did some training in the morning and once again had music time. We practiced our technical team and duet routines. The duet geared up for their event while the team went back to the hotel for a well-deserved break, and then back to the pool in the late afternoon for the opening ceremony and to cheer our girls on in the tech duet event. Bianca and Amie did us proud coming in 17th. Well done girls!!!
We’re all very excited for the team events coming up, starting with the technical team competition tomorrow evening! Our start draw for this event is number 3 of 8 teams. Our girls’ families (some of whom have come a very long way!) will be cheering us on as we swim!

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Technical Duet of Amie Thompson and Bianca Hammett

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Technical Duet with Coaches Leslie Sproule and Juliana Ghazali Bujang

1st October

One day left until the competition starts and another official training day. We’ve gotten into our regular routine of breakfast, bus ride, landdrill and warm up. The team is getting better at staying focused in the practice with all the chaos around us. And let me tell you, it’s a lot of chaos. Highlights flying in every direction, music blaring, TV Cameras following some countries around and counting to 8 in just about every language! This evening we attended the first official event for the competition. The reception where we got to mingle with all the countries and officials. We even made some from with the Mexican team! We are excited for the opening ceremonies tomorrow, and the competition to start off with tech duet! Our team and cheering squad will be loudly cheering on Bianca and Amie!! Their draw for this event is 16. Best of luck guys!!

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30th September
There is only one full day left until the tech duet competes! Today the team had two music practices alongside Mexico, Greece, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The practices went well and the team is now feeling alot more confident swimming the routines in the competition pool. Tomorrow we have another full day of training and will find out the draw for both the tech duet and tech team. The welcome reception will follow that night.

29th September
Today we had our first day of official training. Our pool time started at 1.30 so after some land drill in the morning, we headed to the shops for some retail therapy. After lunch, we made our way to the pool. We were the first country to arrive so made good use of our time and worked out our walk ons and took up our space. We had maximised our music time and had a great session. It was good to finally get a chance to swim in the competition pool. Two more training days then let the comp begin..

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28th September
Today the Australian Synchronised Swimming spent another day preparing and polishing their routines in preparation for the fast-approaching World Cup.

Seeing the competition slowly being set up, including the FINA World Cup 2014 banners, solidifies the fact that we will soon be competing on a world class stage.

We juggled music time with other countries, making every minute precious. Our coaches were very helpful during this time in guiding us. But today is only like the last few days and the next few days as music time in the water to practise our routines will only get tighter with official training for the World Cup starting. However, the Australian team feels prepared to, and will definitely, positively face this challenge.

27th  September
Today, the Australian National Team got up nice and early, ate a bit of breakfast and headed off to the competition pool for the first time. After finally finding the pool (walking around a very confusing Canadian University), we set our eyes on where we would compete with this team at a World Class competition for the first time. We then proceeded to carry out our activation session and then did some landrilling. After lunch we got into the real business – getting into the pool.

We shared pool time with Japan (as we did yesterday as well), which is an amazing experience, seeing as they are such a great team. The training session went very well today, considering our lingering jet lag and fatigue from the 33 hour travel from Australia. We were very organised and carried ourselves professionally throughout the session. Our team spirits were high and after doing a team cheer before swimming, we could see the Japanese swimmers intrigued at what we were doing. After a long day we came together for a team meeting in the evening to discuss the events and our learnings from the day, then went for a wonderful team dinner. Now, it’s time for sleep to get ready for the whole thing again tomorrow.

25th September

Our Aussie team headed off to Quebec City for the Fina World Championships today. To keep everyone updated they will be writing short recaps of each day. It will be posted here, so you too can experience their World Cup journey!

Meet the Australian 2014 World Cup Team

Bianca Hammett – Team Captain – (Team and Duet) – club Gold Coast Mermaids, Qld

Danielle Kettlewell (Team) – club West Coast Splash, WA

Emily Rogers (Team) – club Golden Fish, Vic

Prateeti Sabhlok (Team) – club PLC Aquatic, Vic

Cristina Sheehan (Team) – club Gold Coast Mermaids, Qld

Jemma Singleton (Team) – club Golden Fish, WA

Danielle ten Vaanholt (Team) – club West Coast Splash, WA

Amie Thompson (Team and Duet) – club West Coast Splash, WA

Deborah Tsai (Team and Duet) – club West Coast Splash, WA

Coaches are Leslie Sproule (Canada) and Juliana Ghazali Bujang (West Coast Splash, WA)

Team manager is Mary Andreotta (WA)

Aus team ready to fly to Quebec

 

The Canadian Open Team

Australia secured its first medal at an International competition outside of Oceania (two silver medals) at the Canadian Open held in Saskatoon.    The team was:

from Queensland – Bianca Hammett and Cristina Sheehan

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National Team proudly styled by Meadore

from Victoria – Hannah Cross, Emily Rogers, Kallie Ryan,  Prateeti Sabhlok and Jemma Singleton

and from Western Australia – Danielle Kettlewell, Aoife McCann, Danielle ten Vaanholt, Amie Thompson and Deborah Tsai

Coaches are Leslie Sproule (Canada) and Juliana Ghazali Bujang (WA)

Team manager is Joy Ryan and Judge Alexandra Miller

Australia was entered in Technical Team (Silver), Free Team (Silver), Technical Duet (5th) and Junior Team (had to scratch due to injury).

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Bianca and Debbie in training in Canada – looking great in their Meadore swimwear