Aerobics athletes bring high energy to Stadium

Dani Kramers (13), of Invercargill, competes at the New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation (NZCAF) Southland Regionals Competition at ILT Stadium Southland on Saturday.

THE music was loud, the costumes were bright and the moves were impressive.

The New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation (NZCAF) Southland Regionals Competition at ILT Stadium Southland, was where you could see more splits, leaps and push-ups than anywhere else in Invercargill on Saturday.

With 110 aerobics athletes competing, ranging in age from 7 to 24 years, the air was full of excitement, energy and fun.

Many were there to have fun, but some were vying for a first, second or third placing to qualify for the New Zealand Championships being held in Wellington in September.

NZCAF Otago and Southland representative Kirsty Snoep said two of those who had performed on Saturday, Dani Kramers (13), of Invercargill and Kylie Lyders (24), of Dunedin, had already qualified for the Federation of International Sports Aerobics and Fitness (FISAF) International World Championships to be held in France in November.

Kramers will be competing in the junior women category and Lyders in the senior women category.

“These girls train all year round for this achievement, and is such a huge feat to be selected to represent New Zealand.

“They were initially trying to qualify last year, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he world championships were cancelled for 2020 and no selection for any countries around the world were made.”

Kramers lives in Invercargill but trains and competes for Dunedin-based club Queen’s Aerobics.

Snoep said the judges were impressed overall with the standard that Southland had to offer, with it improving every year.

“It was great to see some new faces on the stage for 2021 and the positive atmosphere and support between athletes and coaches over the weekend.”

On Saturday evening, 98 competitors took part in the Southland Hip Hop Championships.