A little bit of history
The origins of the sport date back to the early 1920’s, when a group of Canadian women, led by water polo player and diver, Margaret Seller, developed what they called ‘ornamental swimming’ from lifesaving and swimming techniques. Rules were then established and the first competitions took place. Synchronised Swimming was first demonstrated at the Olympics in 1952 and has been a recognised Olympic sport since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
It used to be that only female athletes could participate, but men are becoming increasing involved, competing in mixed teams. Currently only females can compete at the Olympics and World Championship level.