Price hoping for strong trial

16 April 2012 / 16:26

The upcoming synchronised swimming event at the Olympic Aquatic Centre will act as a vital yardstick for the Great Britain team, according to national performance director Biz Price.

The competition starts on Wednesday and runs through until Sunday, not only acting as a further test event but also allowing the final Olympic berths to be filled by the successful nations.

Great Britain have not had to endure the qualification process due to being awarded a spot as the host nation, but Price insisted that has had no impact on their plans.

"It doesn't make a difference to us because it doesn't change or preparations. We know what we have to do in August," she said.

Price, who competed as a synchronised swimmer for her native Canada, did not have to bring her team from their training base in Aldershot for the event but feels it could be a telling few days in the Olympic build-up.

She added: "Our routines don't change when we get to competition, only our level of performance does.

"So this is the first chance we have this year to see everybody's new programme - who has decided to upgrade or change completely. We can evaluate after this competition to see whether or not our routine is matching the degree of difficulty (of the other teams) - so every moment is critical for us to evaluate competition."

The sport has never attracted widespread attention in Britain but Price is hoping the venue will help the team achieve a decent finish and make more people aware of the discipline.

"At the Olympics we want both teams to make the top six, so we are going to work hard to achieve that," she said.

"The venue is lovely. The competitive environment is wonderful and everyone has been commenting on how nice it is."