The ACF is the national body of calisthenics in Australia. It was formed in 1986 with the aim of developing:

  • national standards for the quality of coaching, adjudication, rules and pupil skills
  • a national competition
  • growth strategies for the sport
  • policies for modern day governance and conduct in accordance with requirements of the Australian Sports Commission, which are then adopted by the State Sporting Associations.

download pdf» ACF Annual Report 2014

What is Calisthenics?

The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words ‘kallos’ for beauty and ‘thenos’ for strength. Indeed, the components of the sport aim at achieving those physical attributes, but the sport also influences the emotional and social development of girls and boys through friendship and teamwork.

Calisthenics is an artistic sport unique to Australia. It combines dance, gymnastics, singing, apparatus manipulation and ballet, and performed in theatres. It involves a team of pupils learning routines choreographed to music – each of about three to four minutes duration – and presenting those routines at competitions. Pupils learn approximately six routines concurrently throughout a year and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen.

In addition to team work, participants can compete in solo and duo items.

There are different levels of Calisthenics; some clubs are non-competitive, performing only at their annual concert. Other teams compete during the year at a number of competitions, performing on stage in costumes. Clubs throughout Australia offer classes for pupils aged three years and over and some offer masters classes.

Sport or Art? – Calisthenics can be categorised as both. As a sport it encourages physical development, coordination, self-discipline and team spirit. As an Art it develops an appreciation of music and rhythm, the beauty of line and the excitement of presenting on stage.




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Congratulations to all of our fabulous soloists, duos and teams for a wonderful competition. The last three days have been truly magical.

1st South Australia (30),
2nd Western Australia (25),
3rd Victoria (12)

Figure March - 1st WA (36), 2nd SA (30), 3rd VIC (18), 4th ACT (12)
Club Swinging - 1st SA (34), 2nd WA (28), 3rd VIC (17), 4th SA (15)
Free Exercises - 1st WA (42), 2nd SA (24), 3rd VIC (18), 4th ACT (11)
Rod Exercises - 1st SA (32), 2nd WA (25), 3rd VIC (17), 4th SA (16)
Aesthetic - 1st SA (36), 2nd WA (30), 3rd VIC (6), 4th ACT (14),
Cal Revue - 1st ACT (42), 2nd SA (22), 3rd VIC (18), 4th WA (14)
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CONGRATULATIONS - South Australia!

2015 Intermediate Championship Winners.

1st Place - South Australia
2nd Place - Western Australia
3rd Place - Victoria
4th Place - Australian Capital Territory.
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Congratulations to all the magnificent Intermediate Teams on your thrilling and entertaining performances today.

You were simply breathtaking.

Well done and thank you for a fabulous show.
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DAY 3 - Good luck to the amazing and talented intermediate teams for today's competition.

We are looking forward to a fabulous, awe inspiring SHOW!
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ON SALE :   MONDAY 18th MAY, 2015

2015 National Championship Tickets are available for sale from the Arts Centre, Gold Coast.

Please phone: (07) 5588 4000



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