Australia has a glorious history in the arena of Sport Aerobics, and with renewed focus and a new generation of dedicated athletes, it’s set to have a glorious future, says Roxanne Thew.
For many years, FISAF (Federation of Sport Aerobics and Fitness) has governed the sport of Sport Aerobics on a global level, providing exciting and highly contested competitions throughout the world, culminating in the World Championships each year.
With its origins in traditional aerobics (now known as group exercise), Sport Aerobics involves competitors performing continuous, complex and high-intensity movement patterns to music, with a high degree of perfectly executed elements of difficulty. Routines must demonstrate creativity with the perfect integration of movement, music and expression.
Over the years, Australians have been a force to be reckoned with in the Sport Aerobics arena. From the heady days of double World Champion Marcus Irwin back in the 1980s, to such legendary names as Cheryl Warren, Rob and Kim Dalla-Bona, Sue Stanley, Patsy Tierney, and Sandi Carmichael, the bar has been set high. The success achieved by these passionate competitors reinforced Australia’s reputation as a world leader in fitness.
In 2010, FISAF Australia is leading the new gold rush and forging ahead with plans for a decade of Sport Aerobics dominance. Leading the charge is current Female Individual World Champion Kylie Thomas, who will head to Holland in mid October with the Australian team to defend her world title.
Kylie’s rise to the top, like all great athletes, has been a long and challenging process requiring incredible dedication and sacrifices.
The first glimpse of what was to come appeared in 2008, when Kylie won the Australian title over Sandi Carmichael. The World Champion at the time, Sandi went on to Europe and won the world title for an amazing second consecutive year, while Kylie received bronze. Having stood on the podium after five years of moving up through the ranks, Kylie had a taste for success and there was to be no turning back.
In 2009, Kylie took the South Australian state title and the Australian title, before going on to win the Worlds in the Caribbean by exhibiting unmatchable focus and ability. She successfully defended her South Australian title this August with a powerful display of intensity, skills, charisma and fitness. In Kylie’s words, this was ‘the first step forward’ to defending her world title.
Kylie heads a team of athletes ranging in age from 13 to seniors, representing singles, mixed pairs, sport aerobics and fitness teams – all with their eye on the goal of World Gold. Junior Mixed Pairs World Champions, Emily Daniels and Brenton Andreoli, are joining the team to defend their reigning world title. The Male Triples Sport Aerobics team of Anthony Ikin, Tim Crowe and Marty Warren recently travelled to the European Championship to test the water and take on the reigning World Champions, the Czechs, on their home soil in Prague. The objective was to hit the judges hard with their presence prior to the World Championships: the outcome was Gold, much to the surprise of the Europeans and the delight of the Australians.
With the entire team of Australian athletes ready, willing and able to take on the world at this elite level, FISAF Australia has no doubt that when the team returns in October it will bring home some excess luggage in the form of shiny gold medals.
As CEO of TFT Sports and Event Management, a company that proudly owns FISAF Australia (www.fisafaustralia.com) and Schoolaerobics (www.schoolaerobics.com.au), Roxanne provides athletes Australia-wide with an avenue for fitness, competition and training. During a fitness industry career spanning more than 25 years, she has been an athlete, trainer, club owner and a presenter. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 5445 4199.
NETWORK • SPRING 2010 • PP 58-59