Eltham champ fighting fit for world aerobics comp
TUMBLING, twists and turns lie ahead for Eltham gymnastic aerobics champion Ami Behan, who is on her way to the world championships.
The 22-year-old manager of Jetts Fitness in Ballina has been chosen to compete in the Association of National Aerobic Championships' International Aerobic Championships in San Diego.
"It's very exciting," said Ms Behan, who has been doing gymnastics since she was three years old.
"My mum, Pam, owned North Coast Gymnastics in Lismore and my very first national championships was at the age of 10 in rhythmic gymnastics."
The former Trinity Catholic College student has since qualified for Australian championships every year, switching to purely aerobics gymnastics four years ago.
In 2010 she attended the Suzuki World Cup in Japan, where she finished 13th and, in the same year, was elected to represent Australia at the Youth World Championships through Gymnastics Australia.
She said her current selection was based on being among the top four qualifiers in the country in her division, Senior AeroDance.
At the championships, being staged from July 27 to August 1, she will be required to perform a 90-second high-intensity choreographed routine with a 30-second dance break.
"My brother, Chris, has helped me to choreograph it," said Ms Behan. "He coaches the sport, as I do.
"In fact two of my own athletes, Tyson Martin-Durrington and Danielle Smith, from Lismore, are going to the championships as well to compete in the AeroDance Senior Mixed Pair."
Ms Behan said she worked out for two hours a week with a personal trainer and did six to eight hours a week of choreography training, as well as cardio fitness work, on top of that.
While her boss at Jetts Fitness is helping her with some of the cost of going to the championships, she is also fundraising through raffles and http://www.gofundme.com/v4pfhk
She said any donations over and above the amount of money she needs to go to the championships would be given to Northern Rivers Animal Services in Ballina.