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AC­RO­BAT­ICS TRIO FLY HIGH

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

Lau­ren Cos­grove, Sarah Hem­mings and Jil­lian Con­nor per­form at the tri­als at Rooty Hill on Satur­day.

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