Name: Acro Trio
Pursuit: Acrobatic Gymnastics
Ingrid Dunkerley, Annelise Olsson and Melanie Byrne are the current Australian National Champions for the senior International Womens Group in Acrobatic Gymnastics and demonstrate huge amounts of dedication, passion and talent training up to 25 hours a week together. As a trio their ambition is to qualify for the finals at the next Acrobatic World Championships in Florida, USA in 2012. Qualifying for the finals at a World Championship level, involves not only training 6 days a week, but being ‘known’ to the sport and judges at an international level so international competition experience is crucial. Unfortunately one of the major set-backs for Australian athletes in the sport is that the majority of international competitions are held in Europe and America. With Acrobatic Gymnastics a completely self-funded sport in Australia, it is very difficult to gain the much needed international competition experience. The Aim for the Stars grant will help the girls compete at both the Flanders International Acrobatics Cup in Belgium where they will have the opportunity to train with the Belgium National Team as well as to compete at the World Championships in USA.
When did you start?
Started training as a trio in December 2010. Individually have competed for years before that.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Being Australian National Champions for 2011 in the highest level of our sport and being selected onto the National Team for 2012 World Championships
What is your dream?
To make the finals at the 2012 Worlds and to better our overall position within the finals competition (finals are Top 8)
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
Current top Acrobatic athletes in the world including Russia, Great Britain and Belgium Womens Groups
Any other special talents?
We all love to perform to a crowd. We have a passion for the sport and we show dedication to our training that could influence younger athletes
Favourite TV Show?
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
This grant will help us pay for our trip to the 2012 World Championships in Orlando, Florida. It is a completely self funded trip and we have to fund the 3 of us, as well as our coach. We have also been invited to compete in an International competition in Belgium in the weeks leading up to the World Championships.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“Burn the Floor”