Strong representation in state squad from Applecross Calisthenics Club


Applecross Calisthenics Club members Emily Scott, Isla Tapp, Gemma Sherlock, Natasha Hodgkinson and Tara Chiappini.
Applecross Calisthenics Club members Emily Scott, Isla Tapp, Gemma Sherlock, Natasha Hodgkinson and Tara Chiappini.

A RECORD number of Applecross Calisthenics Club (ACC) members have been selected to represent WA at the national championships later this year.

A total of 20 performers, two coaches and one administrator will travel to Adelaide for the elite Australian Calisthenics Federation Championships in July.

Originally developed in Victoria, calisthenics is a multi-disciplinary team sport that combines elements of gymnastics, dancing, singing and performance.

Teams of girls perform up to six choreographed routines set to music, some with props such as clubs or rods and some without.

ACC president Sue Richardson said that while relatively unknown, the sport boasted a very tight knit community in WA.

“It’s a sport that is very physically demanding and synonymous with poise, strength, grace, confidence and team spirit,” she said.

“I like to compare it to dancing, which people tend to be more familiar with.

“In dance classes you do an hour of jazz or tap or ballet but in calisthenics the classes are closer to two-and-a-half hours and you get a combination of all kinds of different disciplines.”

With 56 years under its belt, ACC is the oldest continuous club in Western Australia and enjoys a strong culture of State representation across age groups.

“Membership has been consistently strong but we are always looking for new members in the seven to 10-year-old age group,” Mrs Richardson said.

“It is a commitment, but it is a lot cheaper than dancing and the girls develop friendships and skills for life.”

Anyone interested in joining the ACC or looking for more information can visit Applecross Calisthenics.