SPORTING STARS: The Belonogoff team of Nik (left), Sasha, Elyena, Annie and Natalya love their sport. Picture by LUKE MARSDEN.
SPORTING STARS: The Belonogoff team of Nik (left), Sasha, Elyena, Annie and Natalya love their sport. Picture by LUKE MARSDEN.

Champion family breeds magic

By AARON KELLY

THIS is one champion team.

Rockhampton's Belonogoff siblings are bursting on to the national sporting scene in more ways than one.

Nik, 10, is preparing to join the nation's best gymnasts at next week's Australian Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sydney.

The level six Victoria Park competitor enters a Queensland training camp tomorrow in preparation for his first national appearance.

Nik's older sister Annie, 13, and brother, Sasha, 15, are making waves in and out of the water.

The Grammarians rowers have returned home with a swag of medals after the Bucca All Schools Regatta in Bundaberg on the weekend.

For Sasha, he continued his winning form after steering the Grammarians under-17 boy's quad crew to national gold earlier this year.

Annie has also this week received a call-up for the Queensland swimming team to contest this year's Pan Pacific Games in Melbourne.

The natural sporting talent does not stop there, with Natalya, 16, a leading dancer and four-year-old, Elyena, making a rapid introduction to gymnastics and swimming. Champion chauffeur and proud mum, Lauren, said her children simply love sport.

"I don't have to wake them up for training, they do that themselves,'' she said.

"They all do about four or five different things, but then they have they're specialities.

"It's good to see them busy and motivated and enjoying it.



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