A new sport for Pirie

NEW SPORT: Victoria March, the new aerobic gymnastics coach at Port Pirie Regional Gymnastic Academy with Molly Hudson, 9 and Ella Caddy, 9.
NEW SPORT: Victoria March, the new aerobic gymnastics coach at Port Pirie Regional Gymnastic Academy with Molly Hudson, 9 and Ella Caddy, 9.

A new gym sport, aerobic gymanstics has started up in Pirie and is being led by an advanced accredited coach who wants to see athletes in the country receive the same opportunities as those in the city.

Victoria March has a Bachelor of Human moment and health studies, specifically exercise and sport science and is also an advanced accredited aerobic gymnastics coach, currently running the sport from Moonta.

Wanting to spread her wings and introduce more children to the upbeat mix between dance and gymnastics, she approached the Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy to see whether they would be interested in the new gym sport.

"I emailed the academy and said look this is my name, this is my accreditation, this is what aerobics is, here is a video and hoped for the best. In 20 minutes, I had a response saying 'come to Port Pirie, we are really eager, we want to meet you, this is going to be amazing'," Victoria explained.

Several months down the track, two come and try sessions have been held and the first classes of the sport will be held this term.

Unknown to many, aerobics is not artistic gymnastics and did not start until the 1980s and was not recognised as a gym sport until the late 1990s.

"It is loud music, fun, energetic, dynamic. Competitors will be doing static strength, dynamic strength, jumps and leaps, balance and flexibility, choreography and combing all of those elements on the floor.

"You go to a competition and there is cheering and it is very loud. It is performance on stage, not so much concentrating on apparatus. There is a balance between fluidity, precision and athleticism of dance combined with acrobatic elements," Victoria explained.

Interest is growing among gymnasts, with Victoria recommending aerobics to those who can not commit the hours needed for artistic.

"You can compete at a high level on 10 hours a week. That frees up space for them to get a job, focus on their studies. It is one of those sports that is very versatile."

For more information, contact the academy.