The British Olympic Association (BOA) has named nine synchronised swimmers as officially selected to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The selected athletes include Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici (nee Allison) who will compete in the duet event.
London will be their second Games after finishing 14th at the last Olympics in Beijing. The other seven athletes selected, including Jenna’s younger sister Asha, will all be making their Olympic debuts.
This is the first time that Team GB will feature a full synchronised swimming team. The sport has enjoyed a successful rise up the world rankings since 2007, when the GB High Performance Centre was set up in Aldershot, with the duet and team both now ranked within the top ten nations in the world.
Jenna Randall said, “It’s fantastic knowing that I will be going to the Olympics this year. I can’t wait to hear the home crowd and know that everyone is behind us.
“We got a taste of it at the test event and to think that was only a quarter full is really exciting.
“The Olympics is going to be a great opportunity for us to show the British public how great our sport is and hopefully get more young children joining in and experiencing the diversity of synchronised swimming.”
Olivia Federici (nee Allison) said, “I feel privileged to be part of Team GB and the synchronised swimming team that will go to the Olympics and compete in front of the home crowd.
“Being selected for the squad is proof that all those early mornings, very long hours in the pool, and pushing through those painful training moments are all worth it.
“Now I am looking forward to the last stages of preparation before finally competing and doing an amazing performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
The total nine athletes are:
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