Four Athletes from our two WA clubs headed to the Spanish Open last month to compete for Australia.
Two returning Senior Team Members, Danielle Kettlewell and Aimie Thompson and two debut athletes, Jane Fuzynski and Kazia Zenke traveled to Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands as part of a team of Synchronised Swimmers from across Australia, Coached by Lilianne Grenier and Bianca Hammett!
Lilianne Grenier has been the Head Coach of the Australian Synchronized Swimming National Team since 2016, leading the team to the Olympic Games in Rio. A native of Canada, Lilianne has previously worked for Synchro Canada as their National Development Manager and was the Head Coach of the Canadian National 13-15 and Junior Teams (Junior in 2013, and 13-15 in 2014 and 2015). Lilianne has also been conducting FINA clinics for coaches in the South American and Caribbean countries.
Bianca Hammett is the Senior Team Assistant Coach and National Team Manager. She has been involved in synchro since she took up the sport in 1999. Bianca represented Australia internationally since 2007 when she first joined the National team, fulfilling her dream of representing Australia at the Olympics in both 2012 and 2016.
Post Rio, Bianca made the decision to retire as a swimmer, but is thrilled to have the opportunity to stay involved. Bianca says,
“I want nothing more then to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of athletes and to see sport continue to grow and develop in Australia.”
Our WA athletes will return home for a few weeks before they are joined by the rest of their team to complete a final training camp before flying out to Hungary to complete in Budapest in July.