Australian acrobatic gymnastic champion trio look towards world championships

Acrobatic feats: National acrobatic gymnastics champion trio Caitlin Christie, 16, Nadia Cunningham, 11, and Varnie Raman, 15, have high hopes of international acrobatic competition. Picture: Geoff Jones

Acrobatic feats: National acrobatic gymnastics champion trio Caitlin Christie, 16, Nadia Cunningham, 11, and Varnie Raman, 15, have high hopes of international acrobatic competition. Picture: Geoff Jones

After winning an Australian title, acrobatic gymnastics trio Caitlin Christie, Varnie Raman and Nadia Cunningham have their sights on the world stage.

The young trio from SGAC in Rooty Hill claimed three gold medals in balance, dynamic and overall in the 12-18 category at the national championships.

With three scores of 27 out of 30, the girls qualified for the Australian national squad and booked a place at the world championship trials in November.

“We were really happy when we got on the national squad but we’re trying to focus on getting on the Australian team for worlds,” Nadia, 11, from Tregear said.

The trio came together in October last year and have competed in three competitions so far but bonded quickly “like sisters” – with everything that comes with that.

“It’s so easy for us to get angry at each other but we get angry at each other because we want each other to be better,” Minchinbury resident Caitlin, 16, said.

Without an Olympic classification, acrobatic gymnastics has less representation than artistic gymnastics.

However, St Marys’ Varnie, 15, said it offers a plenty of useful skills. 

“It’s really challenging and not a lot of people know about it,” she said. 

“I also like that it’s a team sport and we’re all different ages which can be challenging at times.” 

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