Jodie dreaming of reaching Rio
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