Synchronised swimming is about fitness, strength and endurance. We want all our swimmers to have an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience.
Synchronised swimming is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics, and dance. It consists of swimmers (either individuals, duets, trios, teams or combos) performing a synchronised routine of elaborate and dramatic moves in the water, accompanied by music.
Synchronised swimming demands first-rate water skills, and requires strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, not to mention exceptional breath control while upside down underwater.
HISTORY OF SYNCHRO
Synchronised Swimming began in two areas. It was the Water ballet used in the water shows and the ‘Scientific Swimming’ used in lifesaving in Canada, America and Europe.
Synchro competitions were first held in Europe in 1891 but at the time the sport was better known as Underwater Gymnastics. The team competition started in the early 1900s in Germany.
But the sport was only recognised as a discipline by FINA (the World Swimming Association) since 1954. And it took until 1984 for Synchronised Swimming to become a medal sport at the Olympics (Los Angeles, U.S.A.).
Synchro has become part of the program at most international aquatic sport competitions.
SYNCHRO IN NEW ZEALAND
In the early 1950’s there were small groups of Synchronised Swimmers around the country.
New Zealand has had athletes competing overseas as early as 1960. In 1960 Sally Franecivic toured Europe with an American team and took part in a demonstration competition at the Rome Olympic Games.
NZ has had representatives at the 1984 Olympic, 1986, 1990, 1996 and 2006 Commonwealth Games; the 1989 Pan Pacific Games and the 1991 World Aquatic Games.
Katie Sadlier competed and won Bronze at the Edinburgh commonwealth Games in the Solo Event. Lisa and Nina Daniels, from Otago, competed and won Bronze in the Duet Event at the ’06 Commonwealth Games; and Lisa came fourth in the Solo Event.