Synchronised swimmers tipped to shine

21 April 2012 / 19:32

Sir Clive Woodward believes synchronised swimming will shine at the Olympics this summer after witnessing the test event at the Aquatics Centre.

Woodward, director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association, saw the Great Britain team finish eighth in the team event on the penultimate day of competition.

Woodward was impressed by their efforts and singled out national performance director Biz Price for praise, with the Canadian having transformed British prospects since her appointment in 2007.

"It's the first time I've seen them in competition - I thought they were fantastic," said Woodward. "I think the British team will perform really credibly, you saw that this evening, they were excellent and Biz Price has done a great job.

"When you go down to Aldershot you see how hard they train, these are real athletes.

"It's a captivating spectacle so I think the British public will love it. It's a great chance for synchronised swimming to establish itself.

"It will get a lot of media coverage and it is a great TV event, and when you see it live the athleticism is wonderful.

"It's a great event, it's well done to the girls, I think they will do us proud come August."

Also present was former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, his girlfriend having helped coach the GB team.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it," he said. "It's awesome - you can't believe they are not actually touching the bottom. It's just phenomenal."