Aerobics team returns from state titles with solid medal haul

EKB Fitness aerobics coach Emma Bellman (centre) with teammates Sophie Bellman (her sister) and Aylish AuchettlPicture: DAMIAN WHITE

EKB Fitness aerobics coach Emma Bellman (centre) with teammates Sophie Bellman (her sister) and Aylish AuchettlPicture: DAMIAN WHITE

SEVEN gold, six silver and two bronze medals highlighted an overwhelmingly successful state championships weekend for Warrnambool’s aerobics exponents.

The medallists are among more than 40 from EKB Fitness and Aerobics who will compete at national level after qualifying at the two-day championships in Geelong.

Highlights included Jordan Rooke, 16, winning gold in the junior international solo and doubling up with his team Fierce.

Hayley Dalton, 10, impressed with her runner-up effort in the cadet international solo class.

Hayley backed up with two gold medals in team events, with cadet hip hop outfit Krazy Crew and cadet national team Intensity.

Also in the international stream, senior team Fierce won gold, senior trio Audacity claimed gold and junior team Fusion emerged with silver.

There was much success in the national stream, including cadet team Intensity winning its class and cadet trio Dynamic placing third.

The mini trio class finished with a one-two for Warrnambool, with Emma’s Angels edging out Mini Groovers.

Tali Morrissey and Teagan Drake (second, senior pairs), Bella Wallace (second, mini advanced solo) and Brianna Kilpatrick (third, mini advanced solo) also finished the weekend with medals. 

But the success was not limited to the fitness classes. Hip hop outfits Savage (second in juniors) and Royalty (first in seniors) also stood on the podium.

Coach Emma Bellman, who was a member of the Audacity team with sister Sophie Bellman and Aylish Auchettl, said she was rapt with the results.

“The competition at states was harder again, every year the sport keeps getting better and better,” she said.

Other athletes and teams at state championships were: Achsah Gibbs (fifth, cadet international solo); Georgia Dalton (sixth, mini solo), Maddison Drake (fourth, mini advanced solo); Kiah Mailes (11th, junior solo); Aylish Auchettl (fourth, senior solo); Brooke Jarry (sixth, senior solo); Tiarna Drake (ninth, senior solo); Infinite (fourth, senior trios).

The national championships are in Melbourne on July 18 to 20. Further success there could lead to a berth on the international stage in October.

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