ACROBATICS TRIO FLY HIGH
After just five weeks together, Rooty Hill acrobatics trio Lauren Cosgrove, Sarah Hemmings and Jillian Connor will compete at a national level.
AFTER just five weeks together, a Rooty Hill acrobatics trio have earned to right to compete at a national level
Lauren Cosgrove, 18, Sarah Hemmings, 16, and Jillian Connor, 13, pulled off an impressive performance at the state-level trials.
Their first routine, balance, earned them a 20.5000 – their lowest score – but Lauren put that down to nerves.
“It was our first routine, so it was a bit nerve-racking,” she said.
Their combined routine improved, earning them a 23.820, and their dynamic routine got them over the line with 23.680 score, bringing their total to 68.
Lauren said the girls had aimed for a 78 but were happy with their score.
“We were just working on getting a clean routine just to show them that we can through a whole routine nicely,” she said.
The trio were forced to regroup when an original member of their team de- cided to move on after their season had finished.
If the group were to have any chance to go to trials for the international competition, they needed to appear at a state-level competition.
The judges invited the girls to compete at the acrobatics state-level trials on the weekend to fulfil their requirements.
During their school holidays, the three girls spent an average of eight hours a day working on their routines.
The girls will continue to work towards earning that elusive 78 at the National Clubs competition in September to make them eligible for 2016 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships trials in November.
“Hopefully we get the score of 78 so that we can qualify for trials for worlds,” Sarah said.
Her teammate Jillian shared her determination: “We’re pretty excited but we will be nerves,” she said. “We can achieve that 78.” The world championships will be held in Putian, China, in March next year.
Lauren Cosgrove, Sarah Hemmings and Jillian Connor perform at the trials at Rooty Hill on Saturday.