Colours of KI's 2019 World Gymnaestrada team

The Kangaroo Island gymnastics team departs on July 2 for Dornbirn, Austria to participate in the 2019 World Gymnaestrada, along with more than 60 countries and an expected 22 500 gymnasts.

We have seven students from KICE from 9 to 16 years old taking part. What is amazing is that we have six parents also in the acrobatics display! Courageous!

As their coach, I wanted to give these determined, and spirited athletes the opportunity to experience amazing skills in a worldwide setting.

We thought that the World Gymnaesterada would be a place to share something totally remarkable with our children. Being a spectator is great but to take part is much more fun!

Gymnastics is a very hands-on sport where trust, communication and a supportive environment are essential.

Our performance includes tumbling on an air-track, acrobatics and dance. Exposure to high level skills encourages and drives us to do better and to believe in possibilities.

The group has had to make a considerable commitment, impacting on time and our availability to work, as we dedicate Sunday afternoons to training.

I am very proud of all of my athletes because they are continuously extending themselves, some parents had never done a cart-wheel!

We have had John Bancan from KI School of Dance providing invaluable help with choreography, Tessa Bremner sharing her expertise with theatre, and Nicholas Miller the KI DJ enhancing our spliced music and team manager Jo Davidson has been in charge of paperwork. Thank you all!

I am sure that each member will return with incredible memories! - Anna Hadland, coach