New Learn to Synchro Sessions
2015 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships
2014 ASA National Age Group Synchronised Swimming Championships
City of Birmingham did well at the 2014 NAG Championships in Gloucester.
Highlights included gold medals for Madison Griffith in the 18-19
Figures and for Madison and Hannah Smith in the 18-19 Duet. Madison
also took silver for her 18-19 solo. The 13-14 team and the 19 &
Under teams both won excellent silver medals against stiff opposition
in the combination routines. Birmingham's Phoebe Bradley-Smith representing
the England Talent Team was third in the international category
for her solo and figures.
2014 Synchro Novice Championships
Wonderful performances by all girls at the Novice Championships
in Walsall produced a creditable result for the club.
In the figures, gold medals were awarded to Elicia, Emily, Tegan
and Holly; Olivia took silver and Katherine, Emma & Jasmin bronze.
In the duet's gold medals were won by Tegan Smith & Katherine Richey
& Shona Mills; silver by Olivia Hall & Eithne Evans and bronze by
Eleanor Hall & Ellie Parker. The 12 & under team won a well
deserved gold medal in for their routine.
2014 Warwickshire ASA Championships
The whole team performed brilliantly in the Warwickshire Championships
in Rugby at the weekend. In the Warwickshire competition Birmingham
won 10 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. In the invitation competition,
involving teams from throughout England, we won 10 gold, 3 silver
and 1 bronze.
Highlights included a clean sweep of golds for Phoebe Bradley-Smith
in all figures and solos competitions for her age group and also
for Phoebe and Lois Powell in the duet competitions; double wins
for the 15-17 team, the 19 & under team and the open team; the overall
solo championship for Phoebe; the overall duet championship for
Phoebe and Lois; and the overall team championship for City of Birmingham.
Success in Croatia
Phoebe Bradley-Smith was part of the gold medal winning England
Talent Junior Team at the 2014 Primorje Cup in June.
Phoebe also swam well in the figures and solo competitions improving
from 12th place (second highest England score) after the figures
to a creditable 7th following a near perfect performance in her
2014 British Championships
The team performed exceptionally well in the British Championships
in Sheffield. Phoebe Bradley-Smith got off to a great start on the
first day with a silver medal in the Figures competition. On the
second day Madison Griffith and Lucy Rouse took bronze in the Technical
Duet and Phoebe finished second in the Free Solo with the smallest
of margins between the gold and silver places. In the team routine
we finished a creditable 4th place against stiff opposition with
an excellent routine despite being one woman down due to injury.
On the final day Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith rounded off
a fine Championships with a silver medal in the Free Duet.
2013 National Age Group Championships
We made an encouraging start on the Friday when a new 19 & Under
Combination Team that have only been swimming together for 5 weeks
took the bronze medal against stiff opposition from across the UK.
In solo events, Madison Griffith came an excellent 3rd place in
the 19 & Under figures and Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 2nd in both
the 15-17 Figures and the 15-17 Solo. The highlight of the weekend
was a superb gold medal for the enchanting duet by Lois Powell and
Phoebe Bradley-Smith (pictured). Two girls qualified for the forthcoming
England Trials which take place at Crystal Palace. Sydney Jackson
will swim in the England Development trials and Phoebe Bradley-Smith
in the England Junior trials.
2013 Midlands Championships
enjoyed a very successful Midlands Championships in Leicester on
13th October 2013. The girls all swam brilliantly winning 8 golds,
5 silvers and 2 bronze medals. Highlights included gold medals for
Sydney Jackson (12&U solo); Sydney Jackson & Jasmin Lockhart (12&U
duet); the 12&U Combination Team, the 19&U Free Combination Team,
the Champsionship Duet abd and the Championship Team. Behind the
stunning performances by the girls was a team of unsung heroes.
Our coaches and team managers deserve medals themselves for their
dedication and professionalism in turning out a team that we're
proud of. [Full results]
2013 Warwickshire & Open Invitation Championships
Great performances by all girls in the combined Warwickshire ASA
/ Staffordshire ASA and Open Invitation Championships ensure an
impressive haul of medals. In the Warwickshires we collected 13
golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes and in the Open Invitation 8 golds,
4 silvers and 3 bronzes. Phoebe Bradlley-Smith won 5 individual
Warwickshire golds and 5 individual Invitation golds plus further
medals in duet and team competitions. Phoebe won the Warwickhire
ASA Rose Bowl; best overall solo and best overall figures.
Other highlights included the Presidents Shield for the duet by
Lois Powell and Phoebe Bradley-Smith and the wins by the 19 & Under
team in both Warwickshire and Invitation competitions. Our younger
competitors also produced excellent performances. Sydney Jackson
& Jasmin Lockhart won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under duet and
Sydney won gold in the Warwickshire 12 & Under figures. The 13-14
team won gold for their routine in both Warwickshire and Invitation
competitions. Last but not least the 12 & Under team which included
a number of girls who were competing for the first time won gold
in the Warwickshire Championships and silver in the Invitation.
2013 British Championships
The Synchro section represented Birmingham admirably at the British
Championships in Sheffield, an event made special by appearances
by international athletes representing Great Britain, Canada and
the Netherlands as well as the top domestic teams from around the
The team came a creditable 5th in the free combination routine.
The team practised a difficult lift time and time again during the
warm up and just didn't seem to be able to get it right. However,
when the pressure was on during their routine, the lift was executed
to perfection as the girls produced a fantastic performance of the
routine they've been working on since January.
In the technical solo, Phoebe Bradley-Smith came 9th with Lois
Powell and Maddison Griffith in 16th & 17th respectively. Phoebe
qualified for the free solo on the second day finishing 10th. In
the technical duet Phoebe and Maddison finished 12th and in the
free duet Phoebe and Lois finished 8th.
Sunday 20th January
The planned Gala at Stechford Cascades has been cancelled so sessions
will be as follows:
Juniors: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Youth: 2.30 - 4.00pm
National: 2.30 - 4.30pm
Learn 2 Synchro: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
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2010 ASA National Age Groups Championships
Our teams competing at this year's National Championships produced
medal winning performances. The 15-17 team performed their Moulin
Rouge routine superbly to achieve an identical score to Bristol
Central and both teams were jointly awarded gold medals. The 13-14
team took the bronze medal with their Austin Powers themed routine.
All girls who took part in the figures did well. Congratulations
to Lucy Ridge & Jessica Campbell who qualified for the first
round for the 2011 GB Junior Squad selection process. [Full
Success at 2010 Midlands Championships
Congratulations to swimmers, coaches & team managers for the
great results at the Midlands Synchronised Chamionships in Leicester
on Saturday 30th October 2010.
The tally of 7 golds, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals included golds
for 15-17 Solo (Lucy Ridge); 13-14 Duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe
Bradley-Smith); 15-17 Duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge); 13-14
Combination Team; 15-17 Combination Team; Championship Duet (Jessica
Campbell & Lucy Ridge) and Championship Combination Team.
Success at 2010 Warwickshire & Invitation Championships
City of Birmingham Synchro team gave fantastic performances in this
year's Warwickshire ASA and Staffordshire ASA Warwickshire &
Invitation Championships. The final medal tally in the Warwickshire
Championships was 13 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze. In the Invitation
Championships we won 7 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze.
The 13-14 team and 19 & under team took gold in both competitions
as did Katie King (15-17 figures & 15-17 solo); Phoebe Bradley-Smith
(13-14 solo); 13-14 duet (Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith); 15-17
duet (Katie King & Lucy Ridge).
Emily Firth took gold in the Championship Figures and was crowned
the Figures Champion. City of Birmingham was awarded the trophy
for Best Overall Team.
Full medal list ~ Full
2009 ASA National Age Groups Championships
Superb performances from all our girls against stiff
opposition at this year's National Championships resulted in a medal
tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze. The 15-17 team opened
on Friday with an energetic routine to take gold in the free combination
event. Phoebe Bradley Smith and Lois Powell followed with a great
performance in the 12 & under duet to take bronze. On Saturday,
the 13-14 combination team produced their best peformance of their
routine this year to take silver. The 12 & under team rounded
off a great weekend on Sunday taking bronze with their free combination
routine. Congratulations to all the girls and coaches for a brilliant
climax to our competitive season.
15-17 Free Combination (Recreational)
Charlotte Brookes, Charlotte Kong, Jessica Campbell, Emily Firth,
Alice Munro, Philippa Meddings.
13-14 Free Combination (Recreational) [video]
Katie King, Lucy Ridge, Amelia Clarke, Cordelia Roberts, Danielle
Mercier, Molly Ross, Hannah Smith.
12 & Under Free Combination (Recreational)
Phoebe Bradley-Smith, Lois Powell, Abigail Parkes, Zoe Key, Isobel
Lynock, Lily Bradley-Smith.
12 & Under Duet
Lois Powell & Phoebe Bradley-Smith.
2009 Midland Championships
Birmingham secured 8 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals - well
done to all competitors, coaches and team managers. Full
medal list. Team routine videos.
Yvette Baker Selected for GB Senior Squad
Following a seven-day trial in which twenty athletes were challenging
for a place on the GB Senior squad for 2009/10, Yvette has been
selected as one of the successful twelve athletes. The trial took
place in three phases with basic fitness and technical tests; technical
and routine drill; choreography and land testing.
Yvette will now be moving to the GB squad's base in Aldershot to
train alongside Olympians Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison and the
rest of the squad. Congratulations to Yvette and our best wishes
for success with the GB squad. [Full
Birmingham Synchro Receives Swim 21 Accreditation
The Club's application for Swim 21 accreditation has recently been
accepted. Swim 21 is the ASA's Club Development model and provides
a 'quality mark' that is recognised nationally as indicating that
clubs are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services
for the benefit of their members. [Full details]
Elizabeth Smith honoured by City of Birmingham Swimming Club
Congratulations to Elizabeth Smith who has been awarded Life Membership
of the City of Birmingham Swimming Club for services to the club.
This honour is rarely awarded to swimmers and it is the first time
the award has ever been given to a synchro swimmer.
Junior GB and England Age Group Development Squad Selections
Congratulations to Yvette Baker for being selected for the Junior
GB Squad and to Lucy Ridge for being selected for the England Age
Group Development Squad.
Head Coach appointed as 'A' synchro judge
to our Head Coach, Allison Pratt, who has been upgraded to the prestigious
FINA A list of synchro judges making her eligible to judge at
all FINA events. Allison has previously judged at European Junior
and Senior events and is proud to be upgraded to the A list.
Allison said It is a real honour to receive such good evaluation
and to be moved up to the top list, I am really looking forward
to the chance to judge at an Olympics or a World Championships.
It is really nice to know that your hard work has been recognised.
I would love to be selected to judge at the Olympics in London but
to have this opportunity you need to receive good evaluations to
be invited so the pressure to perform well is still on.
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Regional Development Squads
Congratulations to the following girls on their selection for the
West Midland Region Junior Development Squad
East & West Midland Multi-Regional Senior Squad
Wyndley Pool Re-opens
10th January 2009 we took part alongside members of Boldmere Swimming
Club in the re-opening ceremony at Wyndley Swimming Pool following
recent refurbishments. At the ceremony were Olympic medal winners
Eleanor Simmonds, David Davies and Joanne Jackson. Three of our
teams performed routines and there were demonstrations of high dive,
water polo and competitive swimming.
Highlights from the day were featured on BBC Midlands Today (YouTube
copy) and a selection of photos is available here.
West Midland Development Squad Trials
Congratulations to all of the Birmingham Synchro Swimmers who took
part in the Trials on Sunday 4th January to qualify for the West
Midland Development Squad.
ASA National Age Groups Championships 2008
At the National Championships held in Gloucester from 5th to 7th
December, Birmingham recorded the following results:
12 & Under Free Combination (Recreational) - 5th
13-14 Free Combination (Recreational) - 2nd
15-17 Free Combination (Recreational) - 1st
15-17 Free Solo: Yvette Baker - 4th
Congratulations to all of our competitors and our coaches for representing
the city so well.
Midland Age Groups Championships 2008
Birmingham Synchro enjoyed success at this year's ASA Midland Synchronised
Swimming Championships and Age Groups held at Walsall Gala Baths
on 19th October 2008. A selection of videos from this event are
included in our video gallery.
Our impressive array of medals included golds in 13/14 Figures,
15/17 Figures, 18/19 Figures, 13/14 Duet,
15/17 Duet, 18/19 Duet, 13/14 Combination Team and the Championship
Combination Team. [Full medal
Congratulations to all of our competitors and our coach and thanks
to Walsall for hosting the event and to all the parents and other
helpers for making the day a success.
Smith Awarded 2007 Swimmer of the Year for Warwickshire
Elizabeth Smith became the first synchro swimmer to be awarded
the title of Swimmer of the Year for Warwickshire.
At 17, Elizabeth was one of the youngest athletes to be selected
for the senior squad and has moved away from home to train with
the squad 5-6 hours a day, 6 days a week in Aldershot.
Elizabeth joined the City of Birmingham Synchronised Swimming Club
at the age of 7 and became 12 and under Warwickshire Champion at
the age of 9. She has been first in her age group every year since,
winning figures, solo and duet.
In 2005 Elizabeth became member of the England Junior Development
Squad which won the gold medal for England in the Primorje Synchro
Cup at Rijeka, Croatia.
Elizabeth represented Great Britain in 2006 at the Junior European
Championships and the Junior World Championships and was a member
of the British team that travelled to Bonn in Germany for the 2006