Calisthenics: A sports steeped in tradition

To many, calisthenics is a sport that's quite unfamiliar and often misunderstood. What started as a form of exercise during the Victorian gold rush era, has now become a highly contented and competitive national sport. Calisthenics offers a unique combination of dancing, gymnastics and technical skills. Thanks to the establishment of the Mildura Calisthenics Club in 1982, the sport has been part of the local community for almost four decades. Danielle Wilcock sat down with the club's president, Rachel Buccheri and senior solo coach, Haylee Reid to discuss their upcoming showcase and the evolution of the club the sport on a national level. Pictures: Carmel Zaccone and supplied.

FOR those who aren't familiar with calisthenics, it was formerly introduced as physical culture.