Aer­o­bics tal­ent na­tion­als bound

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY LOTTE REITER

Ris­ing Hor­sham aer­o­bics tal­ent Jaya Mead­ows will mark more than one sport­ing mile­stone when she steps out on a na­tional stage at the week­end.

After be­com­ing a state gold medal­list in June, the Hor­sham Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Col­lege stu­dent will com­pete at the 2019 Schoolaer­o­bics Na­tional Cham­pi­onships at Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Last year Jaya helped her school’s En­er­getix aer­o­bics team-mates se­cure a sil­ver medal at the na­tional event.

This year, she will not only make her na­tional de­but as a solo com­peti­tor, she will also read the cham­pi­onship’s open­ing pledge.

Coach and for­mer aer­o­bic cham­pion Amanda Wik said or­gan­is­ers nom­i­nated the young tal­ent be­cause they be­lieved Jaya and her­self as coach rep­re­sented the pledge’s core mean­ing.

She said she was ex­cited and proud for Jaya to be able to show­case her pas­sion to a na­tional

au­di­ence. “It’s fan­tas­tic to see an­other stu­dent rep­re­sent the school at na­tion­als,” she said.

“It’s been chal­leng­ing be­cause a lot of coach­ing I had to do through Face­time be­cause I’ve been in Gee­long for my can­cer treat­ment, but I know she’ll do well. She’s a beau­ti­ful reader too.”

The cham­pi­onships run across five days, start­ing to­mor­row, and in­volve hun­dreds of competitor­s at­tempt­ing to se­cure an elite ti­tle in aer­o­bics, dance, cheer­lead­ing or singing.

To help fund her travel to the Gold Coast, Jaya or­gan­ised a hot choco­late fundraiser last week, which also in­cluded a ‘guess the num­ber of lol­lies in the jar’ ac­tiv­ity.

Her mum, Jenelle Mead­ows, said she was proud of Jaya’s achieve­ments.

“We’re just re­ally ex­cited for her. It’s been a big year and she’s achieved a lot,” she said.

“We just want her to do her best, which I think is what any par­ent wants for their child.”

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