SHE may only be 12 years old but Heathmont resident Adele Wawra knows what she wants — and that is to be a choreographer and actress.
The year 7 student at Highvale Secondary College has already demonstrated her commitment and dedication to her craft with her current passion, calisthenics.
She recently came second in the junior graceful solo section at the national calisthenics championships, held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre in July.
Adele and her duo partner Alexandrea Renkin, of Scoresby, also came second in the junior duo section. She also represented Victoria as a member of the junior state team, which came third overall at the national competition.
Adele said she was happy and very excited to have placed second. She said she and partner Alexandrea got along really well and planned to continue to compete.
"I don't really have a favourite part of calisthenics. I like it all," she said.
Adele has been a member of the Boronia Calisthenics College for seven years. Her mother Christy Wawra said her daughter coped amazingly well with a rigorous training schedule of up to 15 hours of rehearsal a week.
"Building up to nationals she would attend her regular calisthenic club commitments, state team training every Sunday at the Ministry of Dance in the city, in addition to her graceful and duo training," she said.
"The reason we chose calisthenics is because it has a lot of variation.
"It teaches them versatile skills and teamwork. Plus there is the performance aspect."
Adele is furthering her dance studies and has started dance acrobatics classes at Dance United in Vermont.