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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Layla Hart at the Calisthenics Association of WA solo competition in November where she won the 16 years section.
Camera IconLayla Hart at the Calisthenics Association of WA solo competition in November where she won the 16 years section.

Narrogin teenager Layla Hart has been selected to represent WA at the 2020 National Calisthenics Championships in the intermediate State team.

Layla, 16, has been involved in calisthenics for nine years and always had a dream to make the championships.

Mother Liz Hart said Layla started her calisthenics journey at the Narrogin Club nine years ago.

“The Narrogin Club doesn’t have a team for her age group, so she goes to the Hills District Club in Perth,” she said.

Layla was chosen for the team after attending a workshop where she learned parts of dances to be performed at the national competition. Selections for the teams were then made at a trial where the girls’ presented what they learnt from the workshop. Layla and her mum have a rigorous training schedule that involves a trip to Perth every week for State training.

“Layla has worked really hard and has done a great job getting chosen. If it wasn’t for the Narrogin club, she would never have got where she is today to represent WA,” Mrs Hart said.

When asked if it was difficult managing the trip to Perth so regularly, Mrs Hart said her job was flexible in getting time off to take Layla to training.

“I work at the YMCA Regional Leisure Centre and they’ve donated the payment for accommodation and airfares to Darwin, which is fantastic,” she said.

The 2020 National Championships take place over four days and will be held in Darwin from July 8.

Layla will be competing in five different routines including rods, clubs, free exercise and aesthetic performances.

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