Three local girls are heading to Darwin this month as part of the state’s calisthenics development teams taking part in the Northern Territory calisthenics championships.
Competing in the Frangipani Cup, Tayla Simons, 10, has been selected in the Junior Pink team, Brooke Ayris, 12, in the Junior Purple team, and Tenelle Simons, 13, in the Intermediate Purple team.
All the girls are students at Two Wells Primary School and have been competing in calisthenics events for at least the past six years.
The two-day competition at the Darwin Convention Centre from September 21-22 will test the girls’ skills in a variety of calisthenics genres, including march, rods, exercises, rhythmical, song and dance, and aesthetics.
Up to 12 girls are chosen for each team from calisthenics clubs across the state, with Brooke representing the Northern Districts Calisthenics Club, and Tayla and Tenelle the Jem Calisthenics Club.
While Tayla also was selected for the event last year, it will be the first time Tenelle and Brooke have represented South Australia.
“The teams are put together to give the girls opportunities at a state level to increase their skills,” proud mum, Jodie Simons, said.
“They will compete against seven other teams from Darwin (and) have practised weekly in Plympton as a team for three hours every Saturday from March this year.”
Before the girls head to Darwin they will perform at the Royalty Theatre in Adelaide on Friday, September 13, at 6pm.