Aerobics challengers taking on the world in the Caribbean
EIGHT local sport aerobics stars are flying off to the Caribbean on Tuesday in search of a world title.
The CASS Energy Aerobics members qualified for the FISAF World Aerobic Championships in Martinique, in the French Caribbean Islands, by shining at the national titles almost three months ago.
Now the girls are taking off with coach Cassie Scully to represent Australia and see how they measure up against the best in the world.
"All the athletes are looking great in their preparation and are hoping to do Australia and Coffs Harbour proud," Scully said.
The eight athletes are making up two teams.
The senior fitness team, Team Police, is Stacey Robotham, Britt Warncken, Alexis Warncken, Grace Crawley and Nicole Courtie.
This team came together as a fitness team only this year even though all five have many years of sport aerobic competition experience at the state, national and world level.
The team's goal is to make the final and consider anything else as a bonus.
The cadet trio, CASS Rock, is made up of tiny powerhouses Paris Warncken, Claudia Baff and Brooklyn Leonard.
Paris qualifying means the Warncken family has three daughters representing Australia at Martinique, and they've been fundraising for a year.
It costs each athlete $7000 to represent Australia.
Having won nationals for the past four years, first as a mini trio and then in the competitive international cadet section, making it to the world championships has been a goal for three years for the 13-year-olds.
"There's a huge expectation on the young shoulders but they are ready and looking forward to the experience," Scully said.
Paris and Claudia will back up in the individual event as well.
These athletes have been competing as individuals for five years so are experienced and skilled in their own right. They will perform six routines over two days.