US synchronised swim experts for five-day visit

BY PAUL BURROWES Observer writer

Tuesday, October 02, 2012    

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PRESIDENT of USA Synchronised Swimming Judy McGowan will arrive in the island this afternoon, along with fellow Americans, clinician Chalotte Davis and international demonstrator Emily Drew.

Vice-president in charge of synchronised swimming, Diahann Campbell, said that "never before" has any Caribbean country had the combination of three American elites of synchro, whom the local body hope will begin an "explosion out of the water".

McGowan, who is scheduled to arrive at 1:35 pm, has 55 years of experience in the sport as competitor, judge, and administrator.

A former technical chairman of the world governing body as well as a leading author on the sport, McGowan was a delegate at the first international conference on synchronised swimming in Ottawa in 1974.

An editor and primary author of the first international training manual for synchro judges in 1979, McGowan has officiated at five Olympic, five World Championships, five Pan American Games and seven World Cups where she also served as chief referee.

Davis and Drew are expected in the island sometime after 8:00 pm.

An international clinician, Davis has been coaching the US National and Olympic teams since synchro made its Olympic debut in 1984, accumulating over 40 years of coaching experience and expertise.

Davis' visit is all the more important as she has provided written analysis of videotaped routines and figures, offering feedback on execution, choreography, routine construction and presentation.

Eighteen-year-old Drew, meanwhile, is an international clinician demonstrator and was a member of the US National Junior team last year.

The three are key to Jamaica's preparations for the 4th Annual Jamaica International Synchronised Championships on October 4-6 at the National Stadium and YMCA.



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