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Artistic swimmers standing together at the edge of the pool.

Photo: Artistic swimming athletes. Photo credit: Angus Bruce WAIS.

The funding — $125,000 in 2023-24 and $100,000 in 2024-25 — will go towards the 2 staff members at Perth's Artistic Swimming National Centre of Excellence, based in Mount Claremont.

Artistic swimming, or synchronised swimming, is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and dance which requires strength, rhythm, flair and the ability to hold your breath underwater.

Artistic swimming is one of only 2 sports to host a national high-performance program in Perth. The other is hockey.

A dozen athletes are part of the Team Australia Squad going to the Paris Olympics, which start on 26 July. 4 members of the squad hail from WA — Hannah Burkhill, Natalia Caloiero, Raphaelle Gauthier and Alessandra Ho.

Western Australians have an opportunity to watch the Australian Olympic Team in an Artistic Swimming Display between 1pm and 2pm on 29 June  at HBF Stadium, Mount Claremont, before the team heads to Paris.

Supported by Artistic Swimming WA, the sport's peak body in the State, the Artistic Swimming National Centre of Excellence has been in Perth for 2 years.

Come July, for the first time in Olympic history, men will be included in the artistic swimming competition. Artistic swimming also now includes a team acrobatic routine round, which will debut in Paris.

A montage of 3 images showing artistic swimming performing in a pool

Photo credit: Adam Crane, Salt Diaries.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023