Acromazing! Acrobatic squad triumphs on Australia's Got Talent
Hailing out of Oak Flats Gymnastics Club in New South Wales, a small acrobatic gymnastics club has become national stars, after being crowned winners of Australia’s Got Talent 2022.
It’s been a journey years in the making for Acromazing, with the squad initially planning on auditioning for the program in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to their plans. Their subsequent attempt in 2021 was met with the same result, with filming called off just a few days before the group were due to audition.
However, the wait was worth it, with the title coming with a $100,000 prize which is set to help the club upgrade its training facilities, lovingly referred to as ‘the cowshed’. “That would be the best way to spend it” said team leader Maddison Lacey
Maddison, who has represented Australia at a national level in Acrobatic Gymnastics prior to her retirement earlier this year, was a key element in the group’s success, even beyond her leadership: she was also the primary costume designer, handmaking all the all the costumes for the audition and the semi-final.
“After the audition, we had about a week and a half to the semi finals, and I had to whip up 19 in that time. Let’s just say I did not sleep a wink. It was a very flowy routine, so we needed some kind of costume that reflected that… it was incredible.”
The prime-time television stage is very different to an international gymnastics competition, but Maddison found the experience enriching. “As an athlete, I have always taken competitions very seriously, but this was something completely out of that realm, so we knew to just have fun with it.”
For club owner Kim Lacey, the entire process was a surreal experience.
“It was a lot of fun and it was great for the kids to see how TV works… there’s a lot of waiting around, so there had to be patience.” The process was not without its difficulties though, with a unique requirement affecting the group. “Kids under 15 are only allowed to work certain hours, so they couldn’t be present for any late-night filming.”
Naturally for a club owner, whilst the process was incredibly exciting, there was an element of hesitation for Kim in taking a close-knit group of young women and exposing them to a national audience.
“We were a bit worried… when you put yourself out there on social media you’re worried about trolls, and [Channel 7] offered to provide a psychologist, but the reaction has been wonderful. We’ve been blown away by the comments and support.”
The support came in thick and fast from all around the country, with the public vote ultimately securing Acromazing the title and the accompanying prize money, but Kim had a special thanks for the support the group received from all over the country.
“We are just absolutely blown away and so grateful for the support of the gymnastics community and the part they played in our victory… we couldn’t have done it without them. We are still in shock and trying to digest everything, but we are just so over the moon and proud of our amazing acrobats.”
To watch all the stunning performances by Acromazing, head over to 7plus here .