EKB squad shines at state titles

Five teams and five soloists progressing to national level and a junior on the rise earning the equal-highest score for the weekend — School Aerobics state championships have rarely been as successful for Warrnambool’s EKB Fitness and Aerobics academy.

Coach Emma Bellman was yesterday upbeat as she detailed the success of her squad at the annual titles at Geelong on the weekend.

“Last year we had two soloists and a few teams qualify, so it’s better than last year,” she said.“Everyone was really happy with the results, even the ones who didn’t make it through still did really good routines.

“It was a weekend where everyone was happy when they came off the stage with the routines they did.”

The five soloists to qualify for national championships on the Gold Coast from August 8 to 10 included a trifecta in the Future Legends class.

Brianna Kilpatrick, Maddison Drake and Bella Wallace filled the placings, with Brianna scoring 92.9 — the equal-highest for the two days.

Jordan Rooke was second in the secondary males solo class while Aylish Auchettl also placed second in the secondary female solo class.

The five teams which qualified finished first in their respective classes. They included Brianna, Maddison and Bella, who competed as Emma’s Angels, in the Future Legends trios yellow stream.

Georgia Dalton, Dayna Haberfield and Stella Hose, collectively known as Mini Groovers, won the Future Legends trios blue stream.

Emma Bellman, Sophie Bellman and Aylish Auchettl teamed as Audacity to win Old Skool trios while Teagan Drake and Tali Morrissey won Old Skool pairs.

An eight-member Old Skool fitness team called Fierce also won its class to cap off one of the most successful School Aerobics state titles in academy history.

Bellman said Brianna’s 92.9 score on Saturday equalled that of Melbourne athlete Serena Gould in the secondary female solo on Sunday.

“The scores for EKB were amazing over the weekend but to get the highest score, we’ve never had that before,” she said.

“(Brianna) just reckons she’s got to beat that at nationals now, but they’ll judge her harder. It’ll be a challenge but if she wants to try, she can try.”

Meanwhile, EKB Fitness and Aerobics will have 40 athletes contest FISAF national championships at Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre from July 18 to 20.

“We’ve got a strong squad going and a few are aiming to get to that world level. The competition will be pretty high again but we want to be up there,” Bellman said.

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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