Coast reps dominate state calisthenics team
AUSTRALIA can lay claim to many unique things - from koalas and kangaroos to Vegemite.
Then there's calisthenics.
Created in Australia and little known beyond our shores, the sport combines dance, gymnastics, singing and ballet - an unusual blend in anyone's language.
Teams learn choreographed routines to music and then go head-to-head in competitions, and the Sunshine Coast is lucky enough to have some of the best.
Eleven girls from All Stars and Suncoast Calisthenics on the Sunshine Coast and 13 others from around the state have been chosen to represent Queensland at the National Calisthenics Championships in Melbourne in July.
Tallarah Primary College student Piper Hertslet, 11, is one of them.
She took up the sport at age seven.
"I love performing. I love having everybody watch you perform," she said.
The school captain described the sport as fun and a great way to make friends.
The girls train for four to six hours every Sunday at Chevallum and have been since October last year.
For more information, contact coach Stacey Camilleri on 0402 753 114.