Synchronised Swimming debuts in Fiji

Synchronised Swimming has been an International competitive sport since the 1950s. Prior to this several countries had competitive Synchro - particularly the United States Canada and some European countries.

The sport was first included in Olympic Games in 1984, is a current Olympic sport, and is presently included in the FINA World Championships, is a separate competition for the FINA Junior World Championships, in all major Continental Championships, the Commonwealth Games and in many regional competitions.

International (FINA) Rules permit only female competitors, but in some countries, men compete, often to a high level.

The recently introduced exciting new event, Free Routine Combination has one part to the competition, and all other competitions have at least two parts, one Technical and one Free.

In the Free Routine Combination, up to 10 athletes present a program combining Solo Duet and Team parts in a five minute routine, set to music. This event is included in the Oceania Championships program.

For the Oceania Championships, Federations also enter Senior Solo and Duet, and Junior Solo and Duet. In the senior events, athletes swim a Technical Routine, which contains set technical elements, and a Free Routine. Both routines are swum to music, and choreographed to suit the athletes.

In the junior competition, athletes swim Figures, which are set technical moves, swum individually, and a Free Routine, as for seniors.

All routines are judged in two parts: Technical Merit and Artistic Impression. The Technical Merit mark is for synchronisation- with each other and with the music, difficulty of the component parts of the routine, and execution, how well the athletes perform.

Artistic Impression is judged for Choreography, Music Interpretation and Manner of Presentation. The scores for these two judged parts are combined to give the final mark for each routine, and the marks for Technical and Free Routines, or Figures and Free Routine are added to give the final score, which determines placings in the competition.

Synchronised Swimming was first included in the Oceania Championships Program in 2002 in New Caledonia.

In this competition in FIJI , three Federations will compete , New Caledonia Australia and New Zealand. A total of 29 athletes have entered in the competition.

Competition Session are to be held on:

May 16 Junior Figures and Senior Technical Solo,
May 18 Junior Duet, Senior Free Solo and Senior Technical Duet
May 19 Junior Solo, Senior Free Duet and Free Routine Combination.

Two members of the FINA Technical Sychronised Swimming Committee, Mrs. Sue Edwards from New Zealand and Mrs. Miwako Homma from Japan will oversee the Oceania Sychronised Swimming events, and judges will be drawn from the competing countries. Mrs. Edwards arrives in Fiji on Wednesday 12th May and Mrs. Homma on Friday 14 May.


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