Russian Synchronized Swimming Federation

The victory in the group championship at the Olympic Games in London: Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina, Anastasia Davydova, Maria Gromova, Elvira Khasyanova, Aleksandra Patskevich, Daria Korobova, Anzhelika Timanina and Alla Shishkina. The victory in the group championship at the Olympic Games in London: Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina, Anastasia Davydova, Maria Gromova, Elvira Khasyanova, Aleksandra Patskevich, Daria Korobova, Anzhelika Timanina and Alla Shishkina.

Synchronized swimming is especially beautiful, picturesque, coordination complex, multi-faceted sport, which includes swimming, gymnastic, acrobatic, choreographic training and elements of ballet.

Nikolay Shutov
President of the Russian Synchronized Swimming Federation

Synchronized swimming before it was announced an Olympic sport (the decision was made at the meeting of the IOC during the Olympic Games of 1980 in Moscow) has covered a long and hard way of development. Back in the 20s of the last century the decoration of the aquatic fests was the performance of sportswomen with compositions, which resembled synchronized swimming. Synchronized swimming got official international recognition in 1952, when after the Olympic Games in Helsinki they set up the Committee of Synchronized (Artistic) Swimming with the International Federation of Swimming (FINA), under the auspices of which they started to hold international competitions and demonstrations.

In March 1979 in the Moscow Oblast town of Elektrostal they held the first official All-Union tournament in synchronized swimming, in which there participated mainly the teams from Moscow and Leningrad.

The first in RSFSR section of synchronized swimming was set up exactly in Elektrostal at the sports school Kristall.

Since that moment there started the history of the development of synchronized swimming.

For the first time the Russian Synchronized Swimming Federation (RSSF) as a public organization without a juridical status was founded in 1982 and in 1990 it was registered at the Ministry of Justice of RSFSR as a public organization Federation of Synchronized Swimming of RSFSR, in 1999 it was re-registered.

In different times RSSF was headed by the Honored master of sports, Olympic champion in swimming Galina Prozumenshchikova (1982–1989),Deputy Director General of Moscow Olympic Center of Aquatic Sports Vadim Loskutov (1989–1992); Candidate in Pedagogic Science Igor Kartashov (1992–1997, 2001–2005); Vice-president of the firm Beeline, Honored coach of Russia Anatoly Shakhmatov.

Since 2005 until present President of RSSF is Nikolay V. Shutov, an entrepreneur, public figure and Maecenas.

In his work N. Shutov is guided by the principles of cooperation between business and sport in order to achieve a common goal – triumph of Russian synchronized swimming on the international arena.

The activities of N. Shutov as President of RSSF are noted by state awards, a letter of acknowledgment and awards from the Olympic Committee of Russia and international sports federations.

In April 2009 Olga Brusnikina, three-time Olympic champion, multiple champion of the world and Europe, Honored master of sports of Russia, was elected one of the Vice-Presidents of the Federation.

All-Russia public organization Russian Synchronized Swimming Federation (hereinafter referred to as the Federation) works according to the Status adopted at the founding conference on March 3, 1990 (new edition as of October 6, 2011).

The main goal of the Federation is the development, increase of awareness and popularization of synchronized swimming in the Russian Federation, growth of the role of physical training and sports in all-round and harmonious development of the personality as well as the strengthening of the positions of Russian sportswomen on the international arena.

Today synchronized swimming is being developed in 22 subjects of the Russian Federation:

  • Moscow
  • Moscow Oblast
  • Yaroslavl Oblast
  • Kaliningrad Oblast
  • Leningrad Oblast
  • St. Petersburg
  • Krasnodarsky Krai
  • Rostov Oblast
  • The Republic of Tatarstan
  • Udmurt Republic
  • Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
  • Orenburg Oblast
  • Permsky Krai
  • Samara Oblast
  • Saratov Oblast
  • Sverdlovsk Oblast
  • Chelyabinsk Oblast
  • Khanty-Mansyisk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra
  • Krasnoyarsky Krai
  • Novosibirsk Oblast
  • Primorsky Krai
  • Kemerovo Oblast

In the above mentioned regions there function dozens of specialized children and juniors' sports schools, children and juniors' sports schools and sections, which enroll more than 6,000 of sportswomen and train new candidates to the national teams. Annually the schools prepare about 100 masters of sports of Russia. There works a big team of coaches, among whom there are well-known in Russia and abroad Honored coaches of Russia T. Pokrovskaya, E. Polyanskaya, T. Danchenko, M. Maksimova, O. Vasilchenko, E. Grysunova, V. Teplyakova, E. Piskareva and many other.

The Federation has developed the Program of the development of synchronized swimming in Russia for the period 2012–2020, which envisages the following strategic directions:

  • Popularization and further development of synchronized swimming on the territory of the Russian Federation;
  • Development of elite sportsmanship, including training of sports reserve and creation of favorable conditions for leading sportswomen with the view of preparing for official international competitions and Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro;
  • Holding according to the adopted calendar plans of sports events aimed at reaching the goals and accomplishment of main tasks.

Annually the Federation holds a variety of different competitions for different ages: 2 championships, the Championship of Russia, Cup of Russia as well as All-Russia competitions Olympic hopes, Zhemchuzhina of Yugra. International competitions Russian matreshka (city of Chekhov) and Princess of the Volga (city of Samara) have become traditional.

Repeatedly the Federation held on the territory of Russia official international competitions: World and European Championships, World Cup, FINA-Trophy in 2006 and 2010. All these events thanks to high professionalism of the officers working at the Federation are held at a high organizational level.

The Federation has its representatives in international sports federations: I. Kartashov, Vice-President of RSSF, is a deputy chairman of the Technical committee of synchronized swimming of FINA (International Federation of Swimming) and a member of the Technical Committee of LEN (European Federation of Swimming); O. Brusnikina, Vice-President of RSSF, is a member of Technical Committee of synchronized swimming of the European Federation of Swimming.

With the Federation there fruitfully works the Panel of Referees of Russia, which is headed by the referee of the international category A of FINA Irina Butuzova. Due to the fact that synchronized swimming is a subjective sport the work of the Panel is very important. There has been trained a pleiad of Russian referees of the international category, who at official and unofficial international competitions alongside with sportsmen and coaches defend the honor of Russia.

Coaches who have prepared the first Olympic champions of 2000: head coach of the national team of Russia, Honored coach of Russia Tatiana N. Pokrovskaya and a duet coach (O. Brusnikina, M. Kiseleva), Honored coach of Russia Elena N. Polyanskaya.

Coaches who have prepared Olympic champions of 2004, 2008 and 2012: head coach of the national team of Russia, Honored coach of Russia Tatiana N. Pokrovskaya and duets coach (A. Davydova, A. Ermakova and N. Ishchenko, S. Romashina), Honored coach of Russia Tatiana E. Danchenko.

Honored coach of Russia Tatiana N. Pokrovskaya, master of sports of the USSR in rhythmic gymnastics came to work in synchronized swimming in 1981. For a long time she worked as a chief coach of the specialized sports school of the Olympic reserve Kristall in the city of Elektrostal and then as a coach of the national team of the USSR and then the head coach of the national team of the USSR. Since 1997 until present she has been the head of the national team of Russia and groups director. Thanks to her creative thinking, the ability to unite a strong team of followers and like-minded persons (E. Grysunova, M. Terekhova, G. Galkina) in short time she managed to create the world strongest team – victors of the last four Summer Olympic Games (Sydney-2000, Athens-2004, Beijing-2008 and London-2012). Under her guidance the national team of Russia since 1997 until now has never been defeated at all international competitions. For outstanding achievements of the national team at three Olympiads T. Pokrovskaya was given state awards: the Order of Honor, the Order for Merit 4st grade, and the Order of Friendship. For her victory at the Olympic games in London T. Pokrovskaya was nominated for the Order For Merit 1st degree

Honored coach of Russia Tatiana Danchenko, international master of sports in synchronized swimming, champion of the USSR today is successfully continuing her career in synchronized swimming as a coach. Two times her duet (A. Davydova and A. Ermakova) became Olympic champions in Athens-2004 and Beijing-2008, and a duet (N. Ishchenko, S. Romashina) won the title of Olympic champions in London-2012.

Under her guidance there has been prepared a pleiad of multiple winners of the world and European championships, multiple champions of Europe and the world, such as sixteen-time champion of the world Natalia Ishchenko,, thirteen-time champion of the world Anastasia Davydova, eleven-time champion of the world Svetlana Romashina and eight-time champion of the world Anastasia Ermakova. For outstanding achievements T. Danchenko was given state awards: medals of the Order for Merit 1st and 2nd grade.

The main heritage and pride of the Federation are the national teams of Russia (the main, juniors' and youth's), which have been possessing leading positions in Europe since 1991 and in the world – since 1997.

The national team of Russia is an absolute champion of the Olympic Games in Sydney-2000, Athens-2004, Beijing-2008 and London-2012.

The victories of our national teams mean an enormous, titanic daily work of Russian sportswomen, coaches and specialists.

The legends of the sport of today among sportswomen are: five-time Olympic champion, multiple champion of the world and Europe Anastasia Davydova, four-time Olympic champion, multiple champion of the world and Europe Anastasia Ermakova, three-time Olympic champions, multiple champions of the world and Europe Olga Brusnikina, Maria Kiseleva, Natalia Ishchenko, Anastasia Ermakova, Svetlana Romasina, Maria Gromova and Elvira Khasyanova.

Junior and youth national teams of Russia headed by the Honored coach of Russia Natalia A. Mendygalieva since 1992 until now have been worthy successors of the main team and they have never been defeated at European and World Championships.

Today on the verge of a new Olympic four-year period the Federation sets new and ever more complicated goals, as it is difficult to win the world leadership, but to retain it from year to year is even more difficult.

There grows a new pleiad of talented girls, there grows and acquires professional experience a team of young coaches and specialists, there grows the regional network of sections and schools of synchronized swimming. There constantly continues honest but tough and competitive struggle with the world rivals.

Taking into account the above mentioned the Federation has a lot to work at in order to implement the program of the development of this sport and elite sport.

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