Local sports star becomes world champion for a second time

By Natasha Fujimoto

IN a stunning display of incredible fitness, skill and talent, Shepparton Hall of Fame inductee, Emma O’Keeffe was crowned sports aerobics world champion in the singles division on Saturday, November 5 in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

First winning the title in 2012, in New Zealand, Emma has competed in the sport which combines traditional aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics, dance and choreography for over 20 years.

Winning a swag of team and singles titles along the way, Emma has trained with tireless and steely determination, often travelling extensively to be with teammates and coaches on a weekly basis.

DEMONSTRATING TO THE WORLD HOW SHEER HARD WORK AND PERSISTENCE CAN TAKE TALENT TO THE TOP… Emma O’Keeffe regained her singles world championship title in sports aerobics in the Czech Republic on Saturday, November 5. Photo: Supplied

Taking a year off teaching and moving to Newcastle to be with renown coach Vivian Lattimore, Emma once again exemplified her resolve to reach the top.

Watching the livestream of the final’s competition in the early hours of November 5, proud mum, Kim O’Keeffe knew without doubt that her daughter had triumphed once again.

“Emma just did everything right; I’ve been around these competitions for a long time, and she just looked so comfortable on stage, even with a French competitor just points behind her coming out of the semi-finals,” said Kim.

When asked how proud she was of her daughter winning the coveted international title for a second time Kim said,

“It was wonderful to see Emma’s commitment and dedication come to fruition after 20 years of competition. As a parent we all hope our children strive for things and find success, but through all Emma’s hard work and resolve, she has remained a kind-hearted and giving person, we’re so proud.”