Achievements to date
I was selected for the Great Britain synchronized swimming team when I was 15 last year and have now competed at the World Championships and various open competitions as well as travelling to places such as Malta and California for training camps. I train up to 40 hours a week full-time and have to do most of my studying online. Our training consists of strength and conditioning, flexibility, speed swimming, dance as well as synchro as we need a good core, artistic expression, propulsion in the water and lots of strength to scull and do lifts.
Representing Great Britain at the World Championships in Barcelona in 2013 in front of a huge crowd and reaching the finals in the free team event, scoring the highest I have ever scored for any routine. I remember the incredible feeling I had as I was swimming out and watching the replays on the massive plasma screen- it was phenomenal.
Finding out the synchronized swimming programme was to lose our funding in January this year (2014).
Natalia Ischenko – synchronised swimming.
We always have to put our hands in the middle and do our team chant before we swim.
Over the last twenty years, £198,554 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.