As we get closer to the Games the London Prepares series is a vital tool for athlete preparation and more importantly for Synchronised Swimming qualification in the venue they will actually compete in
(PRWEB) April 17, 2012
The FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, Presented by Visa which begins this Wednesday will see over 160 athletes from 34 nations compete for the final three team places in the Synchronised Swimming competition at London 2012.
The event, which doubles up as a London 2012 test event and is part of the London Prepares series, will see over 16,000 spectators watch the action across five days. World class athletes and teams, including current Olympic and World Champions Russia and host nation Great Britain will demonstrate their precision skills in the Aquatics Centre.
The event will not only be a crucial event for the athletes as they compete in the venue where they will contest Olympic medals this summer, it is also a chance for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to test operations ahead of the Games. These include testing the timing, scoring and results systems and specifically involve testing the pool, under water speakers and underwater cameras for judging.
Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG said: “This will be our third competitive test of the Aquatics Centre, but it is just as important that we test the pool for the Synchronised Swimmers and give our workforce a chance to work as a team with 100 days to go until the start of the Games.”
Colin Grannell, Executive Vice President, Partnership Marketing at Visa Europe said: “As we get closer to the Games the London Prepares series is a vital tool for athlete preparation and more importantly for Synchronised Swimming qualification in the venue they will actually compete in. The test events give Visa an essential opportunity to test our payments network so that we are one step ahead and ready to go for Games Time.”
During the Games, the Synchronised Swimming will take place from 5-10 August with 104 female competitors trying to win medals in the Duet’s and Team’s competitions.
For more information visit http://www.londonpreparesseries.com
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About Visa Europe
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About Team 2012
Team 2012 presented by Visa is a fundraising programme designed to provide UK athletes with the tools and support to reach their full potential and win more medals at European Championships, World Championships – and of course at the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012. It is a joint venture between the British Olympic Association, ParalympicsGB, UK Sport and LOCOG. Alongside the vital role played by The National Lottery and Exchequer funding, Team 2012 will help fund our athletes over the next two years. The vast majority of funds raised through Team 2012 will be distributed by UK Sport through its World Class Performance Programme which ensures that the UK’s most talented athletes have every chance of reaching their potential. Having run their programme since 1997, UK Sport has developed a highly successful ‘No Compromise’ approach, which ultimately means taking no short cuts in resourcing the best athletes to realise their medal ambitions. Funding is provided to athletes via their sport’s governing body, in support of a performance programme that includes coaching, training and competition support, medical and scientific services and equipment and access to the best facilities.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.