Cir­cus school en­ter­tains Eidsvold youth

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

CIR­CUS: Young peo­ple in Eidsvold now have an av­enue to take risks and get an adrenalin rush in a safe and con­trolled cir­cus en­vi­ron­ment.

Youth worker Na­dine Smith and cir­cus mae­stro Ty­rone O’Reilly launched the cir­cus classes last Thurs­day.

“Things like this are vi­tal for youth in Eidsvold be­cause it not only gives them an ac­tiv­ity, but teenagers re­ally need that safe risk-tak­ing in a con­trolled way,” Smith said.

“It’s not tak­ing a risk by get­ting in trou­ble or do­ing some­thing dan­ger­ous.

“They’re risk tak­ing in a re­ally safe way that pro­motes cre­ativ­ity.”

Ms Smith, who is a youth worker in Monto and Eidsvold, launched the pro­gram after she no­ticed a gap in ser­vices.

“I thought Eidsvold hasn’t had a lot of fun, dif­fer­ent, quirky ac­tiv­i­ties like this,” she said.

“I know Monto al­ready has it through Ty­rone and his pas­sion, and so I ap­plied for RADF fund­ing and I re­ceived a grant and we thought Eidsvold could ben­e­fit from this.”

Cir­cus in­struc­tor Ty­rone O’Reilly, who has been in­volved with cir­cus for 25 years, said the work­shop was quite ca­sual.

“Any­one can come down and have a bit of a try and see what they like,” he said.

“I haven’t done some stuff with the Eidsvold kids for a while.

“There are some tal­ented kids al­ready, which has given me a bit of sur­prise.”

He said they worked on a num­ber of skills.

“We’ve got a lot bit of tum­bling with the mini tramp, we taught them some of the ba­sic skills we use in the cir­cus,” he said.

“We’ve got a slack line, a type of tight rope that moves.

O’Reilly said they were hoped to make the work­shop a reg­u­lar event.

“We’re go­ing to start once a month this year to do more with the kids,” he said.

“The phys­i­cal side of the cir­cus helps build con­fi­dence and the more con­fi­dent peo­ple we have in the district, the bet­ter the district will be.

The next event will be on Fe­bru­ary 2, 5pm at the RM Wil­liams Cen­tre and then the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month. PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

They’re risk tak­ing in a re­ally safe way that pro­motes cre­ativ­ity. — Na­dine Smith

A boy hand­stands on an­other per­son’s shoul­ders.

Ty­rone O'Reilly shows off.

A girl walks on a tightrope.

A boy jumps through a hoop.

Josiah Kyle jumps high.

Risk tak­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Josiah Kyle on a solo jump.

Ty­rone O'Reilly holds the mat steady.

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