Bonbeach crowned aerobic champions

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Number one: Bonbeach Bolts take first place in the School Aerobic National Championships. Picture: Supplied

BONBEACH Primary School returned from the Gold Coast with silver and gold medals from the School Aerobic National Championships on Saturday 25 August.

It’s the second year that the school has had an aerobic team compete at the national level and this year the Bonbeach Bolts were crowned national champions in the team’s competition.

Two of their members, sisters Tara and Grace Ash, also won silver in the pair’s event. The sisters performed their routine to a song of their choosing being Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’ and choreographed their own routine for the event.

The Bolts team consisted of Stella King-Stemmer, Sienna Shead, Jasmin Scott, Tara Ash, Lily Parks, Kaitlyn Farr, Grace Ash and Tea Matic.

Coached by Bonbeach Primary School teachers, Ms Mullavey and Ms Batson, the aerobics teams put in a lot of hard work throughout the year, having started their training in November last year.

Bonbeach Primary School teacher and aerobics fundraiser, Sharon King, said a lot of effort was also put in by the girls to fund the trip.

“The girls we have got at the moment did a fabulous job,” King said.

“They raised all the funds to get there. They ran raffles, had BBQ’s outside of Safeway, and ran silent auctions to fund their trip.

“They raised about $8,000 to go and they did the school very proud.”

King said the girls were “very dedicated” having trained twice a week starting at 7:30 in the morning as well as training during lunch times.

It did come as a slight surprise to the teams, with one of the main chances that they believed would go close to winning it, finishing in third. But after a nervous wait the Bolts were crowned national champions with the “parents and kids bursting into tears of joy” following the announcement.

The teams had a barbecue of their own to celebrate their victory.

First published in the Frankston Times – 29 October 2018

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