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Aquatics Synchronised Swimming History

Gold medal winner of the solo event at the 2002 Manchester Games, Claire Carver-Dias.

Gold medal winner of the solo event at the 2002 Manchester Games, Claire Carver-Dias.

Synchronised Swimming was added to the Aquatics program in 1986. It consists of a Solo and Duet competition for women only. Canada has won every gold medal since Synchronised Swimming was introduced. The governing body for Synchronised Swimming in Australia is Synchronized Swimming Australia Inc.

In Previous Games

Canada maintained its supremacy of the Commonwealth Games Synchronised Swimming events with gold medals in both the Solo and Duet. On her Games debut, Canadian Claire Carver-Dias took the Solo from England's Gayle Adamson and Australia's Naomi Young, while the trio of Carver-Dias, Fanny Letourneau and Anouk Reniere. Lafreniere combined together to continue the red and white domination in the Duet. In similar circumstances to the Solo, England and Australia slotted in to place second and third.

At Melbourne 2006

All Aquatic events will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park the venue that will also play host to the Table Tennis and Squash.

The Diving will be well compensated with a 25m indoor diving pool, complete with a 14-board Olympic-standard diving tower. The tower comprises of seven springboards and platforms at 1m, 3m, 5m, 7m and 10m, as well as two half-metre training boards.

Since opening in July 1997, the old MSAC pool has held the Australian Short Course Championships, the Australian Open Championships, the Telstra FINA World Cup, and the 1998 Commonwealth Games Selection Trials.

Recently, a new 50m Outdoor Pool built specifically for the Commonwealth Games was road- tested at the 2006 Australian Swimming Trials. The permanent 10-lane pool, worth over $50 million, was dubbed to be "very fast" by many who competed, and boasts state-of-the-art technology for conducting world class events such as the Commonwealth Games.

The Synchronised Swimming will take place in the 25m indoor diving pool that MSAC has to offer. The pool will provide the necessary 3m depth for this level of competition.

What's New

Synchronised Diving will be introduced to the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Melbourne. Competitors will vie for medals in both the 3m Springboard and the 10m Platform Synchronised events.

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