WODONGA Calisthenics Academy might need a new trophy cabinet next year — its shelves are already crammed after a highly productive month.
The academy’s sub-junior team won the prestigious Royal South Street Society Eisteddfod at Ballarat this month.
And its senior team has held its nerve to win all four of its events.
Academy founder and head coach Penny Cleary said such success was a great way for the club to finish the year.
“Those sub-juniors (aged nine and under) winning was just amazing,” she said.
“It was so exciting for those little girls.
“And the seniors have worked so hard all year.”
Calisthenics is a performance-based team sport with elements of dance, ballet, gymnastics, marching and apparatus work such as rods and clubs.
The academy’s teams perform up to seven routines against clubs from across Victoria.
The senior team (aged 16 and above) faced tough competition to maintain its winning streak.
It travelled to Melbourne for each event, culminating in the Calisthenics Victoria state titles.
“There was a lot of pressure on them after the first three comps. It was neck and neck,” Mrs Cleary said.
“They’ve really come together as a group this year.
“It’s the strength of them as a team that got them through.”
Mrs Cleary said the junior age group (9-12 years old) had also achieved great results, including a third overall at Ballarat — the biggest competition on the calendar next to the state titles.
The intermediate section (12-16 years old) has also been performing to a high standard, with its turn at Ballarat still to come in a fortnight.
Following that will be the academy’s end-of-year concert, ‘Masters of the Stage’, on November 10 at The Cube.
Tickets are available through The Cube box office.
To find out more about the club, call Danielle Fraser on 0411 021 211.