Monto circus flip­pin’ great

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­

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.

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