Aerobics, Cassie style
By MITCHELL DALE
AFTER conquering the world at junior level, Coffs Harbour aerobics star Cassie Scully is set to mix it with the best senior competitors on the planet in Belgium next week.
Cassie, the reigning World junior champion, will make her senior International debut when she represents Australia at the FISAF World Aerobics Championships in Ghent, starting May 5.
After dominating her age group at National and International level for a number of years, Cassie knows the senior division will be a different kettle of fitness fanatics.
The 19-year-old will be against competitors she has grown up watching on video and admits it will be a nerve-wracking experience.
But she also says it will spur her on at the same time.
"Yeah, I'm up against the big girls now, the ones who have been doing it for ages and really know what they are doing," Cassie says.
"I have watched a lot of them on video, so to go from watching them to walking past them will be daunting, but it will also inspire me.
"The skill factor will be much higher and it will be a bit intimidating back stage when I see how good the other girls are.
"I'll probably just look at the wall (back stage)."
But Cassie isn't going to Belgium just to do some idol-spotting.
She wants to put the world's best to the test.
"I will soak up the atmosphere, but it is not just a learning experience," she says.
"I want to make the final, which will be the top six."
Cassie's path to the World Championships hasn't been without road blocks, with countless injuries slowing her progress.
"I've had a few injuries, but I am back on track now," she said.
"I've hurt my ankles, legs, lower back, elbows and wrists, but I have been injury-free for a few weeks now and I am where I want to be."
The injuries certainly haven't helped as Cassie has tried to learn and perfect a new routine, performed to INXS' Suicide Blonde.
"I've made millions of changes to my routine," she says.
"You need to have a flawless routine and then perform it perfectly ? if that's not too much to ask (laughs).
"Plus you have to smile and make it look like you are enjoying yourself, even though you're dying on the inside."
But if Cassie can re-produce the form that won her the 2004 world junior title, she is likely to achieve her goals.
Then smiling won't be a strain at all.