Jodie dream­ing of reach­ing Rio

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All The Week’s Action... - By James Sloan

The sandy beaches and trop­i­cal cli­mate of Rio de Janeiro are con­stantly on the mind of Ash­ford lo­cal Jodie Cowie, who is de­ter­mined to make it to the next sum­mer Olympics, as part of the Team GB syn­chro­nised swim­ming squad.

The prospect of com­pet­ing on the world stage in 2016 is a driv­ing force for train­ing as the 16-year-old re­vealed: “I think that’s kind of the main mo­ti­va­tion for all of us in the team. It will be amaz­ing to go to Rio and maybe Tokyo in 2020 as well.

“As a coun­try, we are mov­ing up in the rank­ings but we haven’t medaled at an Olympics be­fore.

“Hope­fully, if we go to more than one Olympics, we’ll get bet­ter and move up in the rank­ings and then po­ten­tially maybe one year get a medal.”

One of the main ri­vals Team GB will have to over­come in or­der to win a medal, are the Rus­sians, who have won ev­ery sin­gle Olympic gold in the sport since Syd­ney 2000.

Cowie said: “Rus­sia – their syn­chro­ni­sa­tion is just per­fect, you will never no­tice a tim­ing er­ror in their rou­tines. They are an older team, so have been to­gether for a long time.”

How­ever, the for­mer High­worth Gram­mar School pupil be­lieves that her team have an ad­van­tage.

She said: “It’s good that we’re such a young team be­cause we’re around 14-17 years old, so we have a lot of time to work to­gether.”

And there are still 31 months to go un­til the open­ing cer­e­mony in the Brazil­ian city, which leaves plenty of time pre­pare for Jodie, who made it into the elite squad a lit­tle un­der a year ago.

Be­ing se­lected re­quired se­ri­ous ded­i­ca­tion and Cowie had to per­ma­nently move to the Bri­tish Syn­chro’s High Per­for­mance Cen­tre in Alder­shot, Hamp­shire.

She said: “I went to the tri­als in Fe­bru­ary for the GB team, which was when I got se­lected. There were five new peo­ple who were se­lected to train with the peo­ple from the Olympics.

“Be­cause we have to train ev­ery day, three of us had to move house and we all de­cided to share a house there.

Since join­ing the squad, Jodie has al­ready en­joyed her first World Cham­pi­onships, held in Barcelona last sum­mer. Mak­ing it through to the fi­nal was a big achieve­ment and one that should spur the squad on to fu­ture suc­cess.

Cowie added: “This year we’ve got the French Open in March. Then our big­gest com­pe­ti­tion this year is Ju­nior Worlds in Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber, which is another good thing be­cause we can do Ju­nior Worlds and then Se­nior Worlds the year af­ter.

“The more com­pe­ti­tions we do the bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence we can get which will help us.

“So we’ve got those two to come hope­fully, be­fore we go to the Olympics.”

GB syn­chro­nised swim­mer Jodie Cowie, and right, pic­tured dur­ing one of her rou­tines

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