Young cham­pi­ons in sync

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

YEAR 5 stu­dents Elissa Camp­bell and Kaila Bog­danov won gold medals for their syn­chro­nised per­for­mances at the Na­tional Aerobic Cham­pi­onships.

The New­man Col­lege stu­dents said they were sur­prised to win gold in the Mul­ti­ple Event, where ath­letes per­form syn­chro­nised rou­tines in groups of two to five.

Elissa, of Wood­lands, said she did not feel that she gave her best per­for­mance but was happy she won.

“I found it very easy (to syn­chro­nise) as my part­ner was the same age and build as me, so we could eas­ily move the same way,” Elissa said.

“I had to train with her only once a week. We did our own train­ing away from each other too.”

Kaila, of Stir­ling, said she was proud of her per­for­mance but did have doubts go­ing into the com­pe­ti­tion about syn­chro­nis­ing with her part­ner.

“I found it quite dif­fi­cult as my part­ner was younger and smaller, so the strength in our bod­ies was quite dif­fer­ent,” Kaila said.

“We had to train four times a week.”

Both girls have been in­volved with gym­nas­tics for years at North­ern Dis­tricts Gym­nas­tic Club.

A small group of West Aus­tralians com­peted at the Septem­ber cham­pi­onships, with WA fin­ish­ing in the top six in 15 of their events.

The group brought home seven gold medals, three sil­ver medals and one bronze medal.

Kaila Bog­danov and Elissa Camp­bell won gold medals at the re­cent Na­tional Aerobic Cham­pi­onships.

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