Allira Bull conquers aerobics world

BELMONT North aerobics star Allira Bull was never going miss the flight to the Czech Republic, despite the pain in her misaligned shoulder.

And Bull’s determination was rewarded when the 22-year-old arrived home last week with the senior individual women’s gold medal from the Federation of International Sport Aerobics and Fitness European championships in Prague.

It was the first time an Australian has claimed the title in the European-dominated sport.

The performance on June 10 followed the former Knights cheerleader and Miss Surfest finalist’s mixed pairs world gold medal she won in October on the Gold Coast with Geelong partner Cameron Brown.

‘‘That’s the biggest thing for me so far,’’ Bull said of winning in Prague.

‘‘Winning gold last year was obviously fantastic, but winning my first individual gold was the main thing I’ve been working on for so many years.

‘‘Now my ultimate goal is to win gold at worlds in the singles.’’

The world championships will be held in Rotterdam in October.

Aerobics is a popular sport in the Czech Republic. The tournament was televised and many of competitors are sponsored.

Bull was behind Czech European champion Denisa Baresová until the semi-finals when she edged in front and maintained the lead in the six-woman final.

Aerobics officials judge the two-minute routines of the competitors on skill, presentation, performance and fitness.

In the early rounds, Bull battled the pain in her shoulder which had become misaligned three weeks before the tournament due to her weaker back muscles becoming unbalanced with her pectorals.

‘‘I wasn’t going to go and I literally said, ‘No, this is my goal, I’m not giving up,’’’ she said.

‘‘I had treatment on it every second day, osteo and physio. It wasn’t the treatment I would usually do, but I did what I had to do and focused on where I could improve my routine.

‘‘In the first round it did [hurt] and I struggled a little when I came off.

‘‘When I’m on stage I literally don’t feel it.’’

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