Isabel's honour a first for Bendigo

HIGH-FLYER: Isabel Rogers will compete for Victoria at the national calisthenics championships. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

HIGH-FLYER: Isabel Rogers will compete for Victoria at the national calisthenics championships. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

SHE'S been performing since the age of three, now Isabel Rogers has leapt into the ranks of calisthenics elite young stars.

The talented youngster will represent Victoria at Melbourne's Hamer Hall in July, in the Australian Calisthenic Federation's national championships.

Twelve-year-old Isabel is part of the junior team that will perform elegant yet physically demanding routines including march, free exercise, clubs, rods, aesthetics and dance arrangement.

She is believed to be the first Bendigo girl to make the state squad, with Calisthenics Victoria officials unable to recall any others.

Isabel, a member of Bendigo Calisthenics, has been travelling to Melbourne from her home in Lockwood South every Sunday since November for training sessions that last up to eight hours.

Mum Kylie said her daughter was incredibly passionate about her sport, having followed her older sister Mollie onto the stage.

"She's always upside down, always stretching, even after those eight-hour classes," Mrs Rogers said 

Isabel said she believed her team had a good chance of placing at nationals.

"But I am just going to try to do the best that I can."

The national titles are on from July 9-12, with Isabel's items to be held on Friday, July 11.

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