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England Synchro targets Canada

13 Jan 06 01:30


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2006 Commonwealth Games.  

England has named the final members of its 46-strong aquatics team for the Commonwealth Games, with three Synchronised Swimmers heading to Melbourne with the unbeaten Canadians in their sights.


The Commonwealth Games Council for England selected Olivia Allison, Jenna Randall and Lauren Smith for the Games in March.


Ms Randall will compete in the solo event and with partner Ms Allison in the duet, with Ms Smith travelling to Melbourne as the duet reserve.


All three swimmers are from the Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club, based in Farnborough, Hampshire.


The England Synchronised Swimming team will be coached by Adele Carlsen, who won a bronze medal in the duet event at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games and also coached the England team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.


Ms Carlsen praised the team for its terrific performances during the selection process and is confident of the team’s chances of knocking off the Canadians.


"These athletes have been great to work with over the past few months. We have created a good team atmosphere and have all been working hard towards the same goal of improving performance,” she said.


“We have really focused on a positive mind frame, a hard working team ethic and making sure we concentrate on the smaller issues that could mean the difference between winning a medal and not.”


Canada will pin its hopes on Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon to defend its illustrious title. Synchro Canada has named her in both the solo and duet events and she will partner Isabelle Rampling, as the pair head to Melbourne for their first Commonwealth Games and first international event as a duet.


But Ms Carlsen believes her team will challenge the team from Canada.


“English Synchro has won a medal at every Commonwealth Games since it was first introduced in the programme and we aim to maintain that record,” she said.


“Whilst Canada have never lost the gold and are still very strong in terms of world synchro, we aim to really push them in 2006. We have a young talented Commonwealth duet squad with the eldest only 18 years old and the youngest just 15.”


Canada and England will both have to fend off a challenge from the home team, as Australia looks to better its bronze medal from the Manchester 2002 Games.


The Australian team is yet to be announced, but, if selected, Victorian Synchronised Swimmers Irena Olevsky and Dannielle Liesch are hoping to put on a gold medal performance come Games time.


The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Synchronised Swimming competition will be held on the 18 and 19 March at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre. 

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