Olivia's Olympic place confirmed

PUBLISHED: 17:42 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009

SYNCHRONISED swimmer Olivia Allison was confirmed in the GB team for Beijing by the British Olympic Association earlier this week. The former Potters Bar synchro swimmer has officially selected by the BOA on Tuesday for the 2008 Beijing Olympics alongside

SYNCHRONISED swimmer Olivia Allison was confirmed in the GB team for Beijing by the British Olympic Association earlier this week.

The former Potters Bar synchro swimmer has officially selected by the BOA on Tuesday for the 2008 Beijing Olympics alongside duet partner Jenna Randall.

St Albans teenager Olivia secured qualification for the Games out in China last month against a world-class field.

Also a Hatfield Swimming Club member, Olivia said: "I'm really happy to have been selected for the Olympics.

"It will be my first, and to be involved in such a prestigious event is an honour.

"This will be a great experience and will be a stepping stone as we look towards London 2012."

Randall added: "It's fantastic we are going to our first Olympics and will be a great experience for 2012."

Simon Clegg, Team GB 2008 Chef de Mission, said: "I am particularly delighted to welcome Olivia and Jenna into Team GB for this summer's Olympic Games.

"This is the first time that Team GB has been represented in synchronised swimming since Barcelona 1992 and shows the impact of increased lottery funding in the context of 2012.

"This shows the new strength and depth of emerging talent in Olympic sports across many disciplines and I wish them both well in their final preparations for Beijing."

British Synchronised Swimming national performance director Biz Price is delighted with how the girls are performing on the world stage.

"I'm very, very pleased with how Olivia and Jenna performed at the qualification tournament in Beijing, in which they gave three solid performances.

"The scores Olivia and Jenna have been getting have been in the high 8's, and I will be looking at the programme and increasing the difficulty of the routines as we take the next step up ready for the Olympic Games.


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