Rushmoor synchro swimmer Jodie Cowie made her senior international debut in the team event at the 2013 World Champs.
As well as performing in the GB team events, the 17-year-old partners Genevieve Randall in the duet.
At this year’s European Champs in Berlin, the pair achieved 14th place, having only trained together for a few months. Cowie was also part of the team finishing eighth in the Free Combination event.
Describe a typical day.
As a duet we train four days a week, starting at 8:00am and finishing at 12:30pm. We usually begin with a gym and flex session that lasts about an hour and a half, and then are in the pool for about three hours. In the pool we work on our synchro stamina, technical skills and the routine.
We train as a team on a Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, focusing mainly on the two team routines (free team and combo). Outside of this we fit in some extra training in figures to make sure they keep improving too. I do distance learning so once training is finished for the day I go home to do a few hours of school work.
When did you start synchronised swimming?
I began synchro when I was eight years old, at the first club I joined called Hythe Aqua. I went to a taster session and loved it and have continued ever since!
What is your first memory of synchro?
My first memory of synchro is the first time I wanted to go to a taster session, and the car wouldn’t start. I panicked because I didn’t think I would be able to try it, but luckily they let me go to one of the regular training sessions, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am now!
What is your greatest synchro achievement so far?
Definitely getting to the finals in the free team event at the World Championships in 2013. The experience was amazing and I am really hoping to go again.
Do you know how many titles or medals you have won?
I used to swim for Rushmoor, a very successful synchro club, where we won the Redwood Trophy at the British Championships in 2012, and we also won the team event at the National Age Groups.
My duet partner and I also won the duet event at the National Age groups in 2012. Since being on the GB team, we won a bronze medal at the Spanish Open 2013, and are continuing to train to rise up the ranks.
What is your best moment in synchro?
Being selected onto the GB team because it has given me so many amazing opportunities. (Jodie pictured with GB team below, second from left.)
And your worst synchro moment?
Finding out that UK sport were no longer going to fund synchro as we had all sacrificed a lot for the sport. We continue funding and organising our own training working towards Rio 2016.
What was your first overseas or international event?
The Primorje Cup in Croatia in 2012, as part of the England Talent team, where we won a gold medal.
What are your sporting ambitions?
My biggest ambition is to go to the Olympics, in 2016 or 2020 – or maybe both!
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have two sisters and one brother.
Are they involved in synchro or any other aquatic sports?
Both my sisters used to do synchronised swimming and speed swimming with me at Hythe, but they both decided to focus on other things after a couple of years. I can’t quite picture my brother doing synchro!
Do they have any annoying habits?
I don’t spend much time at home so they don’t really have the chance to do much to annoy me!
Do you have any hobbies apart from synchro?
I really enjoy dance although I don’t do it as much as I used to, but whenever I get the chance I like to fit it in.
What music, singers or bands do you like?
I pretty much like all music – I’ve always been around people with different tastes so I listen to it all!
What is your favourite TV programme?
The Big Bang Theory.
What was the last film you saw?
The Maze Runner, and it was amazing!
What was the last book you read?
What are your favourite food and drink?
Dried mango and apple juice
Your favourite colour?
What is your favourite holiday destination?
I went to Venice two years ago and really enjoyed it.
Do you come from a sporting family?
My mum used to do horse riding and my dad is a golf professional, but neither of them ever did swimming.
What makes you so good at your sport?
I think the dedication to training and determination to improve. I’ll only get as much out of the training as I put in, so in order to be good at the sport I try to stay focused and train hard every day.
What is your star sign?
What was your favourite subject at school?
If you were stranded on a desert island, which three things would you most want (apart from a phone)?
Food, a book and a picture of my family.
What would be your ideal job or career apart from synchronised swimming?
I’m not 100% sure but I’d love to work to get more people involved in sport, at recreational and professional level.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you spent money on?
Probably a car as I don’t have one yet, and maybe a holiday with my whole family; as well as put money towards the new synchro training programme.
Do you have any pets?
Yes I have two dogs called Fizz and Tango, and one cat called Feisty.
If you came back as an animal in a future life, what would you like to be?
A bird because I think it would be really cool to be able to fly.
What is your ultimate relaxation?
Listening to music
Any advice to young up-and-coming athletes?
Make the most of every opportunity no matter how big or small – training will be full of ups and downs but you should use each one to learn and improve.
What’s the last thing you do before leaving the changing room when competing?
Check I’ve got three nose clips!