Geelong Soloists Shine on Ballarat Stage

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Senior soloist Trina Franklin on stage. Picture: WInkipop Images

Eleven Westcoast Calisthenics competitors ranging from ages 9 to 25 travelled to Ballarat over the weekend to compete in the 25th Annual Ballaarat Solo Competition.

Members of the calisthenics club had been practising their routines since late last December, training with their coaches every fortnight plus countless times at home.

The hard work paid off, with coach Erin Hollands saying “all the girls performed beautifully.”

Several girls claimed success at the competition, with four soloists taking home prizes.

Summer Dridan (9) performed in the under 10s Calisthenics novice section, receiving an honourable mention (4th). Maggie Greenhalgh (16) received a 2nd in the under 16s Calisthenics Open Solo section and a 3rd in under 16s Graceful Girl Open section.

In the senior section, club member Maddy Kelly (21) took home a highly commended (5th) in Senior Calisthenics Novice Section. Fellow senior member Sally Uldrikis (25) claimed the ultimate prize of 1st in the extremely talented Senior Graceful Open Reserve section.

Sally Uldrikis with her first prize. Picutre: Erin Hollands

After a successful first competition at Avonde, receiving a 2nd place, Sally has now gained enough points to qualify and move into the Senior Graceful Open section, the highest section a calisthenics girl can achieve. After nearly 21 years in the sport, Sally and her peers are extremely proud of this achievement, with Sally saying it was a “privilege” to be moved into the open section because “the girls are so very talented and dedicated to the sport.”

Senior soloists Maddy Kelly (left) and Larni Hermans after their performances. Picture: Erin Hollands

The solo season continues in April with many soloists travelling to Melbourne this weekend for the VCCA and South Eastern competitions. The solo season culminates at the end of April with the Victorian State Championships commencing on the 23rd of April and continuing until the 30th of April. All eleven competitors will travel to Burwood to compete in this competition.

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