Australian National Synchronised Swimming Championships attract international field to Melbourne over Easter

Synchro Australia and SynchroVic are pleased to announce that Melbourne will host the Hancock Prospecting Australian Open and Age Group Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) over Easter.
Synchro Australia Interim President Marina Kholod is delighted to welcome a record number of more than 160 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.


  • Australian Open and Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) over Easter.
  • A record number of more than 160 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China, aged from 9 years up to Open and Masters levels will take part in solo, duet and team events.
  • Australian competitors include current National and 2016 Rio Olympic team members.
  • With Australia being one of only eight teams to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, athletes now have their sights set on team selection for 2017 World Championships in Budapest in July.
  • Donella Freeman (Burridge), past Olympian, Masters champion and synchronized swimming trailblazer will compete in the Masters events at the Championships.
  • Free entry for spectators.

“We are ecstatic that the support of major sponsors Hancock Prospecting and Sport and Recreation Victoria enables us to provide this outstanding opportunity for young athletes to experience competition at a national and international level,” says Marina.

Victorian Synchronised Swimming President Tony Maher is pleased that Melbourne is host to the event this year, noting that members of the 2016 Australian National and Olympic synchronised swimming teams will compete at the Championships, showcasing the sport at elite level.

“The ongoing support of Hancock Prospecting has been vital to the development of world-class synchronised swimming in Australia and we were very proud to qualify and compete at the Rio Olympic Games, one of only eight teams,” says Tony. “Following the Championships, athletes will take part in trials for selection of the National team to compete at the 2017 World Championship to be held in Budapest in July.”



Australia Qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympics

The Australian Synchronised Swimming Team qualifies for the Olympics in 2016.



Synopsis Australian Synchronised Swimming Team – World Championships in Kazan, Russia 2015

The Australian Team will compete in the Team Technical and Free Events, as well as the Duet Technical and Free.

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.


At an average age of just 19 years, this is a very young national team.  The three youngest are still students at high school, and the others are studying at University in courses from commerce, engineering, sports science, arts and law.  Most have needed to extend their educational year in 2015 in order to fit in the near full-time training over recent months, in order to prepare for the World Championships. Some have needed to cut short training camps in order to sit their exams.

In keeping with multicultural Australia, several of the team are dual nationals, and began their synchro training overseas in countries such as Canada, Singapore, UK, Hong Kong and Aruba.   Despite their youth, most of the team have already represented Australia in international competitions both in age groups and the senior team.  Our captain, Bianca Hammett is representing Australia in her third Olympic Campaign, having been a reserve for Beijing, competed in London, and now captains the team as we seek qualification for Rio de Janeiro.

Bianca will be paired with Nikita Pablo for both the Technical and Free Duets.  Bianca has been chosen as the flag bearer for the entire Australian Aquatics Team at the Opening Ceremony of these World Championships.

The Australian National Team is coached by Consultant Leslie Sproule from Canada, a coach of some 35 years’ experience, including 3 Olympic Games; and Juliana Ghazali Bujang who competed for the Malaysian national team, and now lives in Perth with her young family.  The Team Manager is Mary Andreotta who was the Competition Manager for Synchronised Swimming at the World Championships in Perth 1991 and 1998, as well as the Sydney Olympics in 2000.  The Team Doctor is Roslyn Carbon who has worked across several sports at six Olympic Games.

During the last 18 months the Australian Synchronised Swimming Team has conducted training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra  and the WA Institute of Sport in Perth.  The National Team is sponsored by Hancock Prospecting, the AIS, and Meadore, and is also supported by the Georgina Hope Foundation and the Australian Olympic Committee.

The Australian Team will present the Technical routine to the theme of Cirque du soleil – Kooza.  This combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.  The music is ‘Royaume’ from the show.

The Australian Free Team is on the theme of the Australian Red-back Spider – a small but lethal arachnid, widespread in Australia.  It is the female which is venomous from a secreted neurotoxin, and also exhibits sexual cannabilism while mating.  The music for this performance is combination of excerpts from Lord of the Dance, Lion King, Dracula, and Jacques Cousteau soundtrack.

The Australian Technical Duet is performing to a theme of Australian Animals with music which is modern take (electro-mix) on the Aboriginal didgeridoo.

The Australian Free Duet is a performance of an Excerpt from Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 by Franz Liszt.

Kazan Duet Results

Bianca HAMMETT and Nikita PABLO complete the Duet at Kazan.  Scores are listed here

Kazan 2015 Australia

The Australian team puts in an excellent performance in Kazan.  See Australia’s performance – Kazan Australia Team

Australia ahead of New Zealand July 25

Australia leads New Zealand by 1.45 points going in to Tuesday’s events.  To see the ranking tables – click here


Australian Team at first training session in Kazan

Technical Team places 8th

The Australian Team has placed 8th in the Technical program in Quebec at the 2014 FINA World Cup.

The team consisted of Bianca Hammett, Danielle Kettlewell, Emily Rogers, Prateeti Sabhlok,  Jemma Singleton, Danielle ten Vaanholt, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai and reserve Cristina Sheehan.

Click here to view the Australian Technical Team routine

Australian Duet places 17th in Technical program

The Australian Duet of Bianca Hammett, Amie Thompson and reserve Deborah Tsai placed 17th in the Technical program of the Duet event in a strong international field.

The Free program will compete on Sunday.

click here to view the Australia Tech Duet Routine

Our team is in Quebec preparing for the World Cup Competition

The Australian team are working hard preparing for the competition commencing on the 2nd October.   They look great in their MEADORE swimwear – ready to take on the World

Check out their daily blogs at National Team World Cup daily blog  or on Facebook

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The Australian Team prepare for World Cup at the AIS in 2014

Guess which image is from the Australian Team at the AIS in 2014 and which is from 1996

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Australian team training at the AIS – 1996 and back again in 2014

Synchro helps to promote the new underwater Sony MP3 player

Sony MP3 player

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The ABC visits the National Team at the AIS as they prepare for the World Cup in Quebec in October

ABC visit National Team at AIS

Insurance information for members

Please click on 2014-2015 SSAI Insurance Manual to access the insurance information for our members.

Little Synchro Sisters train at AIS with National Team

An excited group of 13 to 15 year Synchro Swimmers had the opportunity to train alongside the Australian National Team at the AIS.     This was an exciting initiative which exposed the swimmers to what is expected at National Team camps and for these swimmers to train alongside their idols and hopefully we will see these girls on the National Team in the upcoming years.

13-15 Year Synchro swimmers at the AIS

Bronze in Free Combination event at Oceania Championships, Auckland NZ

Congratulations to the team from West Coast Splash, WA,  who represented Australia at the Oceania Championships held in Auckland, NZ and claimed the Bronze in the Free Combination Team event.
Congratulations to Hannah Burkhill, Jessica Eidne, Alessandra Ho, Marnie Kennedy, Natalia Malinowski, Gabby Percic, Isabelle Smith, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai and Kazia Zenke.

Duet medal haul is 2 Gold, Silver and Bronze at Oceania Championships, Auckland NZ

Congratulations to our Aussie Synchro Swimmers for an excellent Duet day of competition.

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Junior duet medalists with Aussies Jenika Smith, Kirsten Kinash (Silver) and Jo-ann Lim, Sue-ann Lim (Gold)

Junior Duet – Gold – Jo-ann Lim and Sue-ann Lim

Junior Duet – Bronze – Kirsten Kinash and Jenika Smith

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13 14 15 Duet Medalists with Aussies Jodie Ah Chong, Erica Li (Silver) and Rachel Presser, Darya Gantseva (Gold)

13 14 15 Years – Gold – Darya Gantseva and Rachel Presser

13 14 15 Years – Silver – Jodie Ah Chong and Erica Li

Gold, Silver x 2 and Bronze for Solos at Oceania Championships – Auckland NZ

Congratulations to the Australian Solo swimmers at the Oceania championships on a very successful day of competition.

Junior Solo – Gold – Jemma Singleton

Junior Solo – Silver – Emily Rogers

13 14 15 Years Solo – Silver – Jodie Ah Chong

13 14 15 Years Solo – Bronze – Rachel Presser

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Oceania Solo Medalists – Jemma Singleton (Junior Gold), Rachel Presser (13 14 15 Years Bronze), Jodie Ah Chong (13 14 15 Years Silver) and Emily Rogers (Junior Silver) pictured here with Anna Nepotacheva (Coach/Judge), Sue Hartshorne (Team Manager/Judge), Marina Kholod (Coach/Judge) and Liching Yew (Coach)


Oceania Championships – Auckland NZ

20 swimmers from 4 clubs have been selected to represent Australia at the Oceania Championships to be held from the Tuesday 20th May.

Good luck to our swimmers:
13 14 15 Years Solo – Rachel Presser  (Gold Coast Mermaids, QLD)
13 14 15 Years Solo – Jodie Ah-Chong  (Sydney Emeralds, NSW)
13 14 15 Years Duet  – Darya Gantseva and Rachel Presser  (Gold Coast Mermaids, QLD)
13 14 15 Years Duet  – Jodie Ah-Chong and Erica Li  (Sydney Emeralds, NSW)
Junior Solo –  Jemma Singleton  (Golden Fish, VIC)
Junior Solo –  Emily Rogers  (Golden Fish, VIC)
Junior Duet  – Jo-ann Lim and Sue-ann Lim  (Gold Coast Mermaids, QLD)
Junior Duet  – Kirstin Kinash and Jenika Smith  (Gold Coast Mermaids, QLD)
Open Free Combo –  Hannah Burkhill, Jessica Eidne,  Alessandra Ho, Marnie Kennedy, Natalia Malinowski, Gabby Percic, Isabelle Smith, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai and
Kazia Zenke  (West Coast Splash,  WA)


The Australian team of Hannah Cross, Bianca Hammett, Danielle Kettlewell, Emily Rogers, Kallie Ryan, Prateeti Sabhlok, Cristina Sheehan, Jemma Singleton, Danielle ten Vaanholt, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai  placed Silver in the Senior Technical Team and Senior Free Team events at the Canadian Open in Saskatoon.      Congratulations team!!

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Royal Canadian Pacific reception for Australian Team

Scott MacDonald hosted a reception and dinner for the Australian Team at the Royal Canadian Pacific.    The team were treated to a spectacular evening in the dining car where Royalty have dined.

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Calgary White Hat bestowed on Australian Synchro Team

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer Calgary likes to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to the city since the 1950s, when Calgary’s Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.
And the Australian Synchro Team has been added to the list …. welcome to Calgary team!!!

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Australian Team Prepare for Canadian Open

The Australian Synchro team are preparing for the Canadian Open with a 10 day camp at the Talisman Centre, Calgary.     The camp gives the team a chance to acclimatise whilst working with their Calgary based coach, Leslie Sproule.

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Australian team in Calgary with their coach Leslie Sproule

Easter Turkey for National Team in Calgary

Thank you to Leslie Sproule and family who hosted the Australian Synchro team for the Canadian Easter tradition of an Easter Sunday Turkey for dinner during their training camp in Calgary.

The team enjoyed this Canadian Easter tradition and loved the hospitality of Leslie and her family.

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Canadian hospitality

Leslie Sproule coaches National Team

Leslie Sproule (from Canada) has been working hard with the Australian National Squad preparing them for the FINA World Cup to be held in Quebec, Canada and  the FINA Junior World Championships to be held in Finland  in October 2014.

Leslie has choreographed new routines for the Australian team and is working with the Australian squad at intensive training camps.    Australian coaches are assisting Leslie at the National Squad camps  to not only lift the standard of the swimmers but to further the development of the coaches.

This should result in long term significant improvement of not only the National team but also the standard of Synchronized Swimming throughout Australia.


Leslie (far right) with the Australian Synchro Team proudly supported by the Synchro Sisters

Leslie has conducted three camps at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and one in Perth in conjunction with the Sun Smart International Age Group Championships.

The team has been selected for the Canadian Open in May and will attend a training camp in Calgary with Leslie prior to heading to Saskatoon for the Canadian Open.

Australia will compete in the Senior Team and Duet events as well as enter a Junior Team.

2013 World Press Photo competition

Taking out 3rd place in the Sports category is Wei Zheng with a fantastic photo of the Australian Olympic Team in action at the 2012 London Olympics



TSSC member appointed

Australia has a member on the FINA TSSC (Technical Synchronized Swimming Committee).

Anna Nepotacheva was appointed at the FINA congress held in Barcelona in July 2013.