Training session in Sheffield a splashing success

Candian synchronised swimmers at Ponds Forge before London 2012 Olympics
Candian synchronised swimmers at Ponds Forge before London 2012 Olympics
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CANADA’S synchronised swimming team made a final stop in Sheffield before heading to London to start their campaign for Olympic glory.

Team members held their last pre-Games training camp at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

The medal hopefuls, who scooped a gold medal in the Pan American Games in October 2011 to qualify for the Olympics, spent nearly a week in the city but were keen to keep their routine under wraps until their competition began.

The synchronised swimming team’s coach, Julie Suave, was full of praise for Sheffield. She said: “It’s really a wonderful place here.

“I came here for the European Swimming Championships and I saw this pool and I requested it for the synchro Canada team.

“It is the perfect pool. We’ve had very good training and increased our performance.”

Lorenzo Clark, director of operations at Sheffield International Venues, which manages Ponds Forge, said: “The team’s coaches were extremely impressed during their visit for the European Synchronised Swimming Championships, which is why they chose the venue as their base for training.”