Monto circus flippin’ great
ACROBATICS: Tyrone O’Reilly is one of the North Burnett’s true characters.
A unique individual who has flipped and somersaulted his way through life.
His natural curiosity and penchant for thrill-seeking took him to Sydney in his youth, where he skated half pipe professionally and made a buck coaching gymnastics on the side.
But home is where the heart is, and when it came time to settle down and raise a family he knew it had to be back in Monto.
Always a clown at heart, he has now made it a living.
As travelling circus performer and instructor, he takes his act to shows around the North Burnett, Bundaberg and Rockhampton, and teaches children at his circus and stunt school.
He and his troupe – Monto’s youngest daredevils – put on an acrobatic performance for friends and family this Easter.
Mr O’Reilly is a firm believer in pushing the boundaries and said the circus was about getting out of your comfort zone.
“Seeing the kids grow in confidence is what’s most rewarding,” he said.
“What they learn here can translate into other skills, like sport or even academics.
“It gives them the confidence to know they can do things others can’t.”
In his year of practice, Rhys Radel, 13, has mastered some impressive tricks and was excited for the chance to put them on show.
“It was fun but I was nervous at the start, there was lots of people,” he said.
“Front flips and back flips are my favourite.
“It took me a month before I landed one, but you’re so happy when you do.
“I want to learn a 360 front flip next.”
Beginner classes are held from 4–6pm each Wednesday during the school term.
HEATING UP: Tyrone O’Reilly first tried fire spinning with strangers on the beach. PHOTOS: MACKENZIE COLAHAN
Circus stunts get you out of your comfort zone.
Tully Delaney-O’Reilly is following in his father’s footsteps.
Circus school was a natural fit for Rhys Radel.
Tyrone O’Reilly has been fire spinning for 30 years.
While the kids do flips, fire stunts are left to the professional.
The students love learning new tricks with their friends.
Don’t try this at home.
A student takes on a big flip at the Monto Circus.