A HORSHAM Calisthenics College student has been selected for the Victorian calisthenics team.
Esther Craig, 14, attended two auditions in Melbourne before finding out on Wednesday she had been successful.
“In the first audition, I was taught three routines I had to perform,” she said.
“I then got a letter saying I had made it to the second audition.
“At the second audition, I learnt different routines and on Wednesday I got a letter that said I had made the team.”
Esther said she was excited to find out the good news.
Horsham Calisthenics College principal coach Kylie Hermans convinced Esther to try out.
“I had tried twice before and didn’t get in, so I wasn’t going to try out this year,” Esther said.
“It was worth it though.”
The St Brigid’s College student is now required to attend five-hour classes in Melbourne every Sunday in the lead-up to the National Calisthenics Championships in July.
The national competition is in a different city each year, with the 2014 competition to be in Melbourne.
“I am really excited about performing at Nationals because the competition will be in Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre,” Esther said.
“This will definitely improve my calisthenics a lot, especially my ability to pick up routines quickly and my technique,” she said.
Esther said she had been involved in calisthenics for 11 years and loved going to class each week with her friends.
Mrs Hermans said Esther had been in love with calisthenics since before she had officially started.
“She used to come to class and copy what her big sisters were doing,” she said.
“She was always a delightful little girl, who has now become a mature and confident young lady.”
Esther thanked Mrs Hermans for her support.
Esther is the second student from the Wimmera to be selected for the Victorian team, with former Horsham Calisthenics College student Grace O’Donnell-Clancy being selected in 2010.