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"Mixed Duet Wins GOLD!

Nofio Artistig

Gold for Duet!

Over the weekend saw mixed duet pair from Swansea, Rosa George and Ioan Gravell headed to Gloucester to compete in England National Age Group Championships.

For many years male swimmers could participate in the sport but had no platform to compete, this all change when the mixed duet event was introduced in the 2015 World Championships, and has also been a feature in the European Championships. The event was first seen in England National Age Group Championships in 2016, which the return again this year with an increase in competing pairs which is fantastic to see.

The pair from Wales where asked to come together as a duet before the summer this year, Rosa has been training with Swansea mid-2015 and a year later Ioan join also join the club in 2016. Both have already swan together in the 12 & under combination team but this is the first time either athlete has swam as part of a duet. In the time they have been at the club they have not only worked hard in the routine elements but have also trained to achieve their figure grades to enable them to improve their routine difficultly level. Both hold their figure grade 1 which the goal to achieve figure grade 3 by next year’s event.

The pair trained weekly always giving a 110% at every session to ensure that their routine would be ready to showcase at this National event. Their hard work more than paid off when they finished with more than a 2 point lead to bring home the GOLD medal for Wales. They were very professional throughout the day as well as supporting each other over come the nerves.

The pair’s executed the choreography well with some very impressive highlight lifts. They also showed a very good understanding of music with nice changes in pace seen throughout the use of the pool which help the finished with the score of 41.6333.

To top this all off, both athletes gain a position on Wales National Artistic Swimming Development Squad earlier in the month so it is safe to say there will be a lot more to come from Wales golden mixed duet!"