YEAR 5 students Elissa Campbell and Kaila Bogdanov have taken home gold medals for their synchronised performances at the National Aerobic Championships.
The Newman College students said they were surprised to win gold in their divisions of the Multiple Event, where athletes perform synchronised routines in groups of two to five.
Woodlands resident Elissa said she did not feel that she gave her best performance but she 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 only had to train with her once a week.
“We did our own training away from each other too.”
Stirling resident Kaila 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 went to the September championships, with WA placing in the top six in 15 of the events they competed in.
The group brought home seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal.