THEY will be among the youngest competitors to grace the stage this weekend but that’s no cause for nerves for three aerobics students.
Georgia Dalton, Stella Hose and Dayna Haberfield, all eight years old, will vie for top honours at School Aerobics state championships at Geelong.
The trio won their preliminary final in May in the Future Legends blue stream to qualify for the titles. That’s despite Stella and Dayna only having taken up aerobics this year while Georgia started last year.
All three train at EKB Fitness and Aerobics.
Coach Emma Bellman said the girls had every chance of winning their stream.
“The section they’re in, they’re a bit younger, they’re not allowed heaps of skills,” she said.
“They’ve got to be really clean and really together as a trio which at that age isn’t easy.
“They’ve definitely improved a lot since the start of the year.
“For their age they pick things up really quick and pay attention. They just love it and you can tell, that’s why they’re improving at that age.”
Bellman said she was unsure what to expect from the trio when they performed their two-minute routine at the preliminaries.
“We haven’t had anyone in that blue (intermediate) stream before. It was a really exciting moment when they were in first,” she said. “It’ll be one of those things, we want to keep on top. It’s always hard to get first, it’s even harder to stay there.”
Georgia, Stella and Dayna form part of a 35-member EKB Fitness and Aerobics squad bound for School Aerobics state championships.
Future Legends and primary school sections will be contested on Saturday while secondary school and Old Skool sections are on Sunday.
Strong performances at state level will qualify the athletes for the national titles on the Gold Coast in August.
Meanwhile, EKB Fitness and Aerobics will officially open its new training base on Monday night.
The demolition of Action Indoor Sports Centre earlier this year forced the club to use the St John’s Presbyterian Church in Princess Street for sessions.
But it has secured a new facility in Kepler Street, which it will show off to club members and parents next week.