Baker inspired to improve by Olympic experience
April 28, 2013 21:06 pm
Yvette Baker knows the immediate legacy of the London 2012 Olympics will be judged this year for Great Britain's synchronised swim team.
Baker, 21, was part of the first-ever Team GB squad to compete in the Olympic team event and believes a creditable sixth place finish is just the start of their story.
Under the guidance of coach Biz Price, the nine-strong team also finished tenth and ninth at the last two World Championships and are eyeing the top five at this year's event in Barcelona.
“The Olympics was amazing and it was fantastic to be a part of the first British team to compete at a Games,” said Baker, who will return to the Olympic Park for the first time since last summer’s Games on Sunday July 21 for the National Lottery Anniversary Run.
“But, if anything, it's not the end of the journey, it's a new beginning and it has opened our eyes a bit to it all and everyone is hungry for more.
“After the Olympics our media coverage increased and a lot more people know who we are, what we do, how much we train and what synchronised swimming is.
“We are looking to climb up the world rankings even more. We have been improving at a really high rate in the synchro world, so that is really good for us.
“But we want to keep going with that, not rest and be in the chance of the medals.”
The start of the new Olympic cycle has seen a number of changes, with five new faces joining the 12-strong squad that trains under Price at the team's headquarters in Aldershot.
And Baker insists a new look to the team could make all the difference in Spain this summer.
“It is good to freshen things up and while these girls are young, they are really hungry and I am sure it will help us to keep on improving," she added.
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