Aerobics star aiming high

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Southland athlete Danica Kramers, of Invercargill, has her sights set on qualifying for October's Federation of International Sports Aerobics and Fitness World Championships (FISAF) in France.

A BIT of a perfectionist, rising sports aerobics star Danica Kramers always makes sure she gets her homework out of the way before a rigorous training session.

One year on from taking up the sport, the Invercargill 12-year-old had already gained the national title at the New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation (NZCAF) plans to stop there.

“You have to be extremely fit to do the routines. It’s a lot of hard work and training but I like it because it’s really upbeat and energetic and [the aerobics community] are really supportive.”

Between school, gym sessions, training and competitions, Danica had little time to think about anything other than making it to the world stage, she said.

The ultimate goal for those in competitive sports aerobics France was set to host this year’s Federation of International Sports Aerobics and Fitness World Championships (FISAF) in October.

“We watched the live stream of last year’s competition. My goal is getting into the finals for the world champs.”

A dancer since the age of 3, she had trained at Invercargill dance school La Muse for several years before being introduced to sports aerobics, she said.

“There was a have-a-go day at primary school and the judge asked me if I would like to get into it.”

Now a member of Dunedin-based team, Queen’s Aerobics, Danica had since competed and won regional and national competitions.

In order to qualify for the world champs by June, her Invercargill and Dunedin-based coaches would continue to submit videos of her routines to a New Zealand judging panel, she said.

Last weekend, she trained with world-renowned Czech Republic-based aerobics coach, Brenton Andreoli a seven-time world champion who was no stranger to training gold medalists.

Andreoli said the duo worked on core control, technique and making Danica’s routine “more dynamic”.

“Dani is an extremely hard worker who has a clear talent for anything performance based. She is extremely charismatic and will take on any criticism that will better herself.”

He said he had no doubt she would qualify for the world champs based on her drive and skill.

Danica said it was “pretty amazing” to learn from someone who had such a successful career in the sport.

“He taught me to be sharp, precise and strong in all my movements.”

In the lead up to qualifying for the FISAF World Championships, she would compete at the Victorian Super Series in May, New Zealand Sport Aerobic and Fitness Open in June, NZCAF Southland Aerobics Regionals in July, and NZCAF National Schools Aerobics and Hip Hop Championships in September.

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