Amy has a shot for Australia
AMY BEHAN is set to become the latest local to represent the Northern Rivers and Australia on the world stage.
A 17-year-old student at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore, Behan has been selected to represent Australia at the Youth Sport Aerobics world championships in France next month.
Behan already has some form on the board in her chosen sport on the world stage.
She attended the Suzuki World Cup in Japan earlier this year and finished 13th – not a bad effort considering it was her first foray into international competition.
But now, all Behan’s efforts will be directed towards France.
The five-day event championships will pit the world’s best against each other, with most of the competitors having one eye on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gymnastics is the only athletic sport founded as a fitness activity that is today recognised by the International Olympic Committee. But now sport aerobics is poised for inclusion in Rio.
Sport aerobics athletes perform 1 minute-45 second choreographed routines which include spins, flips and dance moves.
The athlete must demonstrate the components of fitness including cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, agility, speed and power through continuos moving patterns.
It’s a good thing there are professionals to pass judgement based on these criteria – because it sounds like a fair job.