Trio to face world's best
POCKET dynamo Chelsea Clark and two of her fellow North Coast Gymnastics representatives are looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some of the sport's budding young talents from across the globe.
Chelsea, together with club mates Maddi Kerr and Matilda Narvo, are travelling to London to compete at the 8th Annual Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics International Competition.
The trio have been battling for about six months to earn a spot at the event and have shone at both New South Wales and Queensland competitions along the way.
Trinity Catholic College Lismore Chelsea only took up the sport a few years ago - and is excited she has found the perfect activity for her livewire skills.
"My friends said I had some energy and I needed a sport to use it," the 13-year-old said.
"I like that this sport involves a lot of discipline and commitment. I get a lot of satisfaction out of it.
"I like how I can beat the boys at some exercise competitions as well now.
"I've never been overseas before so I'm really excited about this trip."
Gymnasts from different countries will participate in the event, taking place in the south-east English town of Bracknell.
Fellow Trinity student Maddi (16) and 11-year-old Matilda, of Clunes Public School, have been constantly working to improve their skills in the complex sport.
Participants are assessed on the strength of their routines, with marks given for
movement, flexibility, manoeuvres and other important skills.
Matilda, who has been competing in aerobics gymnastics for about two years, said she liked the energetic sport.
"It's fun and you get to test yourself," she said.
"It's different and it's dynamic."
Coach Pam Behan, who will accompany the girls on the trip, said she could not wait to see her charges in action.
"They are awesome," she said. "We have a fantastic team.
"It is great to see their achievements taking it to the next level and gaining more confidence in their performances.
"I am sure I will get a few butterflies before they start but I am sure they will do brilliantly."