Heathrow were invited to send a team to this prestigious international event, which was also being used as the trial for the German team for the upcoming European Sports Aerobics Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. As Heathrow’s senior trio were recovering from an injury to one of their members the club sent some of its up and coming junior members, some of whom will be entering the senior ranks over the next year or so.

Eleven international federations sent athletes to the event and overall the standard was very high. Heathrow sent three female individual athletes and one trio to compete at the event. Coaches Gary Jarvis and Joanne Stevens accompanied the athletes. The Routines where Choreographed by Natalia –Ilienko-Jarvis.


Here Katie Cannon joined forces with Ria Cousins and Charlotte Murray. The girls have been together as a trio for a very short amount of time and had only just finished the choreography in their routine a few days before leaving for Berlin. Charlotte is 2000 u 16 British Champion and Ria like Katie has only just taken up the sport. They performed a good routine to Geri Halliwells ‘look at me’ and scored 14.594 taking the bronze medal. This was a brilliant achievement as this was there first international event and their first time competing together as a trio. They were only 0.382 behind the Slovakian trio in second but they had the highest difficulty score of 2.294 out of all the trios in the category!

Individual Women – 1984/85
Here Heathrow had two competitors Katie Cannon and Joanna Griffin. Katie is fairly new to the sport having just come over from artistic gymnastics and both her and Joanna will be looking for places in the senior national squad over the next year as they move from the junior ranks up to the senior. This group consisted of athletes from Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Byelorussia, Austria and Hungary.

This was Katie’s first international Sports Aerobics event and she performed exceptionally well. Izabela Valayeva of Byelorussia won the event with a massive 17.450. Katie scored 14.450 taking a well-deserved fourth place narrowly missing the bronze medal by 0.25 marks! Her difficulty score was the third highest of the group.

Joanna took seventh position scoring 12.850 with a difficulty score that was the fifth highest of the group. Congratulations must go to both our girls gaining such good marks at international level.

Individual Women – 1986/87
This age group was dominated by the Russians, who took first and second place respectively with scores of 17.7000 and 17.050 but Heathrow’s Lauren Barton showed she has the talent to keep up with the winners. Lauren performed a delightful routine to Latin beats to place fourth overall scoring 15.350. She missed the bronze by only 0.45 but her difficulty score of 2.050 was 0.35 higher than the winner Anna Sedova!

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