Randall revels in improved performances
May 22, 2012 17:23 pm
With just 66 days to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics, Great Britain's synchronised swimmers continue their preparations at the European Championships starting in Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Among them will be Jenna Randall who has made her name on the international stage with three silver Commonwealth medals as well as top-10 finishes at world and European level.
The 23-year-old also competed at the 2008 Olympics where she finished 14th alongside Olivia Federici (nee Allison) in the duet.
The sport in this country has developed quickly since the appointment of Canadian Biz Price as national performance director in 2007, along with the allocation of funding and subsequent full-time training, while a high-performance centre was established at British Army barracks in Aldershot.
Previously the GB team came together every other weekend and, despite managing to secure Commonwealth silver in the solo event in 2006 on such little training, Randall cannot over-emphasise the impact Price has had.
Randall told Press Association Sport: "Before that we had basically no funding at all for synchro and we weren't able to train every day full time.
"We had to come together on the odd weekend when we had the money to bring the team together.
"So we were doing around seven hours a week training and now we are doing 45 hours a week.
"With UK Sport and having Biz over has made a massive difference to our sport.
"We've been able to come from 22nd in the world to eighth four years later - she has made a massive improvement."
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