APPLECROSS Calisthenics Club has returned from the Australian National Championships with a swag of medals after once again reinforcing its reputation as one of the country’s best.
Twelve-year-old Samantha Stott was crowned Junior Graceful Girl with clubmate Emersyn Ballard (13) placing second.
Stephanie Regan (20) won Senior Solo while Caleigh Faulkner (21) claimed bronze.
Sub junior members Ava Garbin, Jasmine Soh and Emily Scott were part of the WA team crowned national champions while Dominique and Saskia Zappia, Stephanie Regan and Caleigh Faulkernon also won gold medals as part of the senior state team.
Both the junior and intermediate WA teams, which also featured a number of Applecross Calisthenics Club members, claimed silver medals in a competitive field.
Now in its 58th year, Applecross Calisthenics Club is the oldest continuous running club in Australia – as well as one of the most decorated.
Despite the club’s strong pedigree, president Sue Richardson said the 2017 National Championships were particularly successful.
“We normally go quite well but this year there were some standout Applecross girls who placed highly across all of the age groups,” she said.
“Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian sport and nationals is really the pinnacle of our sport and the girls put in an amazing amount of work leading up to the competition.”
Calisthenics is an artistic sport that encompasses skills including exercise, co-ordination, dance, fitness, teamwork, deportment, discipline and flexibility.
Successful practitioners have gone on to forge careers as international ballet dancers or Cirque Du Soleil performers.