Kids have a crackin’ good time with whip

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - — Philippe Co­querand

WHIP crack­ing may not be the most pop­u­lar sport around, but kids in Eidsvold gave it a go at the week­end.

Around 20 chil­dren turned up to the crack a whip ses­sion held at the RM Wil­liams Cen­tre in Eidsvold and were taught some tricks by ex­pert Paul Sims.

“It’s not a very big sport in Aus­tralia but there is a big fol­low­ing down in New South Wales, Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia,” Mr Sims said.

“A lot of the stu­dents start just to make noise, oth­ers do it just to get out of the house and it’s a great way of get­ting the kids out and do­ing things.

“Once the kids have learnt it, they’ll just keep go­ing.”

Mr Sims said the high­light of teach­ing the kids how to crack a whip was see­ing them have a great time.

“For me, I love go­ing out and do­ing this train­ing ses­sion, mak­ing noise and show­ing kids what you can do with the whip,” he said.

“A lot of th­ese guys will do this on the horses mus­ter­ing and will take it else­where.”

The sport re­quires peo­ple to be pa­tient, Mr Sims said.

“It takes tim­ing and pa­tience to do th­ese tricks.

“The idea is to learn things to­gether and then you do it in stag­gered tim­ing and progress from there.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

CRACK­ING THE WHIP: Ex­pert Paul Sims shows chil­dren how to crack a whip in Eidsvold at the week­end.

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