Honoring our Founder

Lorraine Meade 11 years Cali Novice Perpetual Trophy

This is a special section in honor of the founder of the Ballaarat Solo Competition over three decades ago, and a Life Member.

Lorraine sadly passed away in January 2018. With the blessing of the Meade family, we would like to dedicate the 11 years Cali Novice to her each year in her memory.

The perpetual trophy donated by the Ballaarat Solo Competition with the knowledge of the Meade family, with the smaller ones the competitor keeps.

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2024 Winner

Emma C - Westcoast
Emma C - Westcoast
Emma C with Janee (Lorraine Meade's grand-daughter) and Julie
Emma C with Janee (Lorraine Meade's grand-daughter) and Julie

2023 Winner

Z Miller 2023
Z Miller 2023

2022 Winner

A Kulic - Geelong
A Kulic - Geelong

2021 Winners


2019 Winners


2018 Winners

About Lorraine

It is with great pleasure that I write a few words today about our founding member, Lorraine Meade.

Our founder Lorraine Meade

Lorraine passed away on 16th January 2018 and was laid to rest on 24th January. She was one of the loveliest ladies I have ever known. I had known Lorraine for 42 years through one of my greatest passions, Calisthenics.

Lorraine was the Treasurer and then President of Ballarat Calisthenic College Inc until it closed in 2005.  She was well known in the Calisthenic Community.  She was passionate about everything she was involved in, but her greatest love was her family:

  • her husband Jack (dec)
  • seven children
  • 23 grandchildren (and another on the way)

She would do anything for anybody and always had your back.

Lorraine was the founder of the Ballaarat Solo Competition Inc back in 1993. She mentored me to take over from her as convener of the competition 7 years ago. Every year she would call me to see how I was doing with the comp.  This is something I am going to miss as she was always by my side over the comp weekend.

In 2017, I was lucky enough to present Lorraine with a Life Membership of the Solo Competition during our celebration of 25 years.  I know she was very proud of receiving this title.

Lorraine, you will always be a shining star to me and all of us that knew her.

Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Julie Wiseman