Cassie's protege's follow suit
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF Cassie Scully hasn't already put Coffs Harbour on the aerobics map, then two of her protege's are certainly getting the job done now.
Kylie Robotham and Tayla Talbot have both qualified to compete in the school aerobics national championships to be held in Melbourne at the end of August.
Talbot, 11, finished third in the primary singles category and Robotham, 14, won the junior secondary singles section when they recently competed in the NSW championships in Sydney.
Cassie Scully has taken these two girls and the rest of the team under her wing as part of the Empire Gym aerobics team.
The coach is proud of the whole team but in particular Robotham and Talbot who have worked so hard for their results.
"I expected these two to make it to nationals," Scully said.
"They're doing really well and training hard.
"These two have really put the effort in and that's why they've made it to nationals."
Surely though these two have a natural ability that is the secret of their success and sets them apart from the rest of the field.
Their coach agreed to an extent but insisted there's no substitute for old fashioned hard yakka.
"They've just got the right attitude and they put the effort in," she continued.
"Anything they're not so good at, a weakness, they put the effort in to get it better and work on it.
"They go home and do little things like flexibility and diet."
A strong junior aerobics squad is being built up at the Empire Gym on the Jetty and a large contingent, including Scully, will be competing at the FISAF state championships in mid-September.
At these championships no-one will be surprised by the Coffs Harbour girls again.
"No-one's ever heard of the Empire Gym girls before as it was our first year and we really made an impact and everyone was saying 'Who are these girls?'," Scully boasted.
"It was good. We made a good impression'.