Wooley leads GB Junior Synchro team to World Championships
25 September 2012
Surrey Sports Park’s resident synchronised swimming coach Louise Wooley led the Junior synchro GB team to the Junior World Championships earlier this month in Volos, Greece.
A total of 34 countries took part with 19 teams, 17 combos, 27 duets and 29 solos, making it one of the biggest world junior competitions to ever take place.
Wooley and the team had been preparing for over 5 months at the High Performance Centre, training alongside Britain’s Olympic team.
The swimmers together with their coach and manager arrived in Volos on Saturday 8th with the competition officially starting Wednesday 12th. During the first event of the competition, the Great Britain’s duet swimmers ended up on 18th place. The figure part of the competition took long 7 hours and ended up with British swimmers scoring 66-67, while the Russian swimmer won this part of competition with score just under 80.
The figures made a big difference to the rankings of the prelim swims with countries like Spain and Ukraine dropping and Japan and Hungary pulling up. With the figure result added in, the British duet pair maintained their impressive 18th place. Unfortunately this was the end of the competition for Great Britain as only the top 12 went through to the final. The whole competition was dominated by Russia, followed by Japan, Canada, Ukraine and Spain.