Girls simply the best
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
COFFS HARBOUR is fast becoming a haven for aerobics champions.
Thre are now two more national champions among our throng as the recently formed team from Empire Gym on the Jetty is creating waves around the country.
Toormina High student Kylie Robotham and Bishop Druitt 11 year-old Tayla Talbot have both returned from Melbourne with a gold medal after winning the Schoolaerobics National Championships.
Both girls completed high energy routines that lasted two minutes and in Talbot's case, she blew the field away in the primary singles category.
More often than not, the wining margin is in the vicinity of only .03 of a point, but Talbot's score was the length of the straight ahead of her rivals.
"There were four girls entered from NSW and when they announced the winner they said 'From NSW' and I was like 'C'mon please'," Talbot said of the moment she was announced as the national champion.
"When they said 'Tayla Talbot', I was so excited."
Robotham's victory wasn't as convincing but was by no means any less impressive.
The 14 year-old had stiff competition from the FISAF national champ Kelsey Cook from Queensland but Robotham nailed her routine.
"When I came off the stage I was pleased with what I did," she said modestly.
"I couldn't have peformed any better than I did, I'm pretty happy."
Both girls were more than happy to show their spoils of victory but are already working towards the future and the FISAF Nationals to be held in Brisbane in mid-October.
The team's coach Cassie Scully believes that the recent results can only help the girls in their quest for further honours.
"When they came back in after this comp, I could see a change in them," Scully said.
"They were a lot more confident and just ready to go hard for the next one."