About The Sport
Synchronised swimming is often described as ‘water ballet’, because of the dance-like movements swimmers make to music, and its theatrical character. Even though it looks like one of the easier Olympic disciplines, synchronised swimming actually calls for strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry, and special endurance breathing techniques.
In order for the athletes to stay longer underwater and perform routines, they use clips on the nose which prevent intake of water through the nostrils and allow them to stay underwater longer. Hair gelatine and water-resistant make-up helps highlight the athlete’s appearance, while underwater speakers transmit the music into the pool, helping the swimmers stay synchronised while underwater.
Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall
In 2008 Olivia and Jenna become the first GBR synchro swimmers to compete at an Olympic Games since Natasha Haynes, Kerry Shacklock and Laila Vakil at Barcelona 92.
In 2007 Olivia and Jenna were the first GBR synchro swimmers to compete at a World Championships since 1998.
Olivia's mother competes in masters swimming and her dad rowed for the Royal Navy. She teamed up with Jenna and model/actress Kelly Brook in a photoshoot to promote Nat Lottery game Sync or Swim August 2007 in support of London 2012 and launched the Team GB Beijing 2008 website in Covent Garden 100 days before the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games
Olivia was born on 13 February 1990 in Plymouth and now lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire and Jenna was born on 20th September 1988 in Ascot and now lives in Camberley in Surrey.
Jenna was named synchro swimmer of the year at 2006 and 2007 Splash Awards. She followed her older sister Tia into the sport.