Paragon Awards                           Presented By

Jennifer Gray, MBE (GBR)

2018 Paragon Award / Synchronized Swimming


Jennifer Gray has done it all – athlete, coach, official, administrator, professor, and author.


As an athlete, Jennifer was a member of the first Great Britain national team in 1968 and ended her career after competing in the first FINA World Championships in 1973.


Professionally she served as the National Development Officer for the Amateur Swimming Association for Synchronized Swimming and Diving. From 1994-2010, Jennifer served as the Principal Lecturer/ Head of Department for Sport and Coaching Studies at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England. Since her “retirement” Jennifer has served as an Associate Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University. She also serves as a freelance consultant/coach for Artistic Swimming.


Gray is one of the most widely published authors for synchronized swimming, having published nine books on the sport, one in collaboration with Istvan Bayli, “Long Term Athlete Development for Synchronized Swimming”. She has also published two books on diving.


Jennifer is one of the most sought out presenters at conferences on synchronized swimming for both judges and coaches. Her presentations applying Laban’s Theories of Movement to synchronized swimming were the first of their kind. She has also been the keynote speaker at the Oxfordshire Coaches Association, “The Missing Link” (2010) and “Maximizing Potential” (2014).


Jennifer has been a valued member of the FINA Ad Hoc Committee on Degrees of Difficulty since its creation in 1987. Gray has conducted clinics for 23 national associations and 24 FINA/LEN clinics. She has conducted clinics on every continent.


She has judged or refereed at the FINA World Championships, Junior World Championships, World Masters Commonwealth Games, Goodwill Games and at the Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition, she is a FINA Evaluator.


Jennifer served on the FINA TSSC (2009-2012), and she is currently Vice Chair of the LEN TSSC. She has served as Vice President, South of England Aquatics and as Chairman of England Synchronized Swimming Committee. Gray has served as Chair Oxfordshire Coaching Committee, and is a former Master of the Guild of Sports Internationalists.


For her extraordinary contributions to the sport of synchronized swimming, in 2016 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Jennifer Gray the title Member of the British Empire (MBE).

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