Swimming: Teams Free Routine
Athlete:Danielle Kettlewell, Amie Thompson, Deborah Tsai, Rose Stackpole
Lenk Aquatic Centre
After an AC/DC
routine four years ago, Australia’s synchronised swimming team was intent on
making its mark on the world stage with another parochial routine at Rio 2016.
Walking out to
the sounds of a didgeridoo and set to the soundtrack from Australia and
Crocodile Dundee for their team free event, they achieved just that.
"We tried to
showcase Australia’s unique fauna and flora,” captain Bianca Hammett said.
"For our walk-in
we worked with an Aboriginal elder and he taught us to walk like an emu.”
It was an
emotional ending to competition for Australia’s synchronised swimming team for
the last time I’ll do ever do a competition and it’s the Olympics so I wanted
to go out on a high.
really happy. I’m happy with how the team went at this competition, I’m happy
with these swims, I’m retiring after this event. That was my last swim ever so
I’m full of joy.”
scoring 149.500 in the second and final event of the competition to finish in
eighth place, was a combination of months of hard work.
choreography for that routine in January, working with new coach Lilianne
Grenier since January. Really since April the team has basically centralised
between WAIS and the AIS,” Hammett said.
While the team
didn’t challenge the team medal winners, Russia (gold), China (silver) and
Japan (bronze) there were strong signs that the team will be much stronger at
Tokyo and will continue to push their main rival Egypt, who finished seventh at
definitely narrowed the gap. Hopefully in four years’ time we’re going to get
them," Hammett said.
"They beat us
at London and at the World Championships by more so this is a bit more.”
And while for
Hammett this was the last hurrah, she hopes much of the young team will stay on
to continue Australia’s growing tradition in the sport at the next Games.
"I’m hoping a
lot of them stay on. I think at last half of them will.”