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R-E-S-P-E-C-T might make sport as thrilling as the ballet for girls

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24.06.2019

When I was young, I loathed PE classes. Hated school sports days. Whenever I could, I’d fake a sickie so that I wouldn’t have to suffer through a soccer game or cricket match. It wasn’t that I was un-athletic — at that point in my life, I’d been accepted into a pre-professional program run by The Australian Ballet and was training to be a classical dancer. In the ballet studio, I relished the focus, discipline and muscle-deep pleasure of pushing my body to its limits. It was both physically and mentally challenging. Ballet may be an art form that lionises grace and femininity, but its training and performance is as gruelling as any sport.

Australia's Ashley Barty is now world No. 1.Credit:PA

Looking back, I know why I loved ballet and........

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