First Place for Aerobics Team Earns Wildcard Entry to National Competition

STMC Sports Aerobics Team L-R: ​Morgan McKenzie, Caitlin McCusker, Amy Kidd, Libby Noble and Olivia Miles
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The St Thomas More College, Sunnybank Sports Aerobics team has been given a wildcard entry to compete at the FISAF Australia National Championships after their impressive performance at the state contest. 

The five-member team of two Year 7 students, one Year 8 student and two Year 9 students entered their first ever Queensland Cup competition and won the Secondary School Fitness Team category with their ‘Louder’ routine. The team competed alongside various schools from Brisbane. STMC Academic Leader - Business and the team's manager Ms Carolyne Kelly expressed her delight at the news: “This is very exciting for the team as it’s the first ever St Thomas More College Sports Aerobics Team and they will be competing against schools from around Australia.”Ms Kelly said that STMC had added sports aerobics to the college co-curricular program early in 2021 as they wanted to include a sport that was energetic and great for fitness, coordination, and strength.“Sports Aerobics is an artistic sport that emphasises the execution of aerobics movements and the use of creative choreography in a routine with many technical elements performed.”“Routines can last up to 90 seconds or more and include movements from dynamic strength, static strength, balance and flexibility.“Each routine includes patterns with both arms and legs, and pushups, high leg kicks, and jumping jacks performed to music,” Ms Kelly explained further.STMC student and Sports Aerobics team member Morgan McKenzie said there were some initial nerves when trying the sport.“At first, I was a bit nervous to try sports aerobics but now it’s one of the highlights of my week!” “Sports aerobics is a fun and energetic sport that anyone can do,” shesaid. “I have made some great friends and definitely recommend giving it a try!” The College plans to expand the number of teams next year with coaches inviting boys to participate as well.The annual sports aerobics competitions are run by the Federation of International Sports Aerobics and Fitness (FISAS) at a state and national level, and according to their website, sports aerobics is one of Australia’s fastest growing sports in  schools.

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