British Olympic synchro stars announce retirements
August 8, 2013 07:04 am
Two-time Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici and five other members of the British synchronised swimming team have announced their retirements from the sport.
Randall and Federici have competed together for seven years and made the decision after their career-best eighth place finish at the recent World Championships.
Asha Randall, Katie Clark, Vicki Lucass, Yvette Baker - who all competed at London 2012 when Britain made their debut in the team event - and Sam Wilson are also looking at new careers.
Sychronised swimmers are famed for their 45-hour week training schedule and Jenna Randall, a three-time Commonwealth Games medallist, admitted it was time for the next generation to take over - with four 15-year olds part of Britain's recent team in Barcelona.
"Synchro has been my life, I love the sport and I am very grateful for all the amazing experiences it has given me," she said.
“Becoming triple silver Commonwealth medallist, competing at two Olympics, and now being top eight in the world have been the biggest highlights of my career."
Meanwhile, Federici insisted she was looking to a 'new challenge and adventure' after eight years on the demanding elite programme.
“After an extraordinary seven years of being a senior British synchro athlete it is time to hang up my nose clip," she added.
"I have loved being part of a very special team made up of a group of people who have a unique and in-depth understanding of one another. The synchro girls I have trained with over the years have become like family and I will miss seeing them everyday very much.
“The highlights of my career include standing on the podium with a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and competing at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games; the crowd in London was unforgettable.
“But most of all I will take away all those little quirky memories and experiences I have had, the people I have met, and the lessons I have learnt as these things are what made the hard work and journey worthwhile."
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