tele­vi­sion: Bindi Ir­win’s new TV show

The Croc Hunter’s screen pres­ence guides Bindi Ir­win, writes

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BINDI Ir­win, who turns 14 at the end of the month, has much to cel­e­brate.

The teen daugh­ter of late Croc­o­dile Hunter Steve Ir­win launches her kids’ tele­vi­sion se­ries Bindi’s Bootcamp this week­end. She’s happy to fol­low in Dad’s foot­steps by get­ting the eco mes­sage out to kids cour­tesy of her work on TV screens.

‘‘My Dad was one man who re­ally changed the world, and if one man can make a dif­fer­ence then ev­ery­one one can make a dif­fer­ence to the world around us,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m fol­low­ing his legacy which is great be­cause we al­ways have that mem­ory of him and we’ll make sure that we keep his dream alive.

‘‘I want to carry on all of his work . . . and as I get older I want to bring his mes­sage of con­ser­va­tion to a wider au­di­ence.’’

Ir­win, who lives at Aus­tralia Zoo on the Sun­shine Coast with her lit­tle brother Bob, has lit­er­ally grown up on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion screens, fea­tur­ing in many of her late fa­ther’s films and doc­u­men­taries. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

‘‘Some kids lose their dads and have very lit­tle to re­mem­ber them by. But we have so much here that doc­u­ments the time we spent with Dad when we were lit­tle kids,’’ she says.

‘‘All those mem­o­ries are recorded in videos and pho­to­graphs re­mind us of the ad­ven­tures we shared with Dad. It is nice to look back on them and re­mem­ber good times.’’

She looks for­ward to the launch of her TV show which pits kids about her own age, most hail­ing from schools on the Sun­shine Coast, in com­pe­ti­tions that teach them how to be Wildlife War­riors.

They com­pete in chal­lenges in­clud­ing The Dan­ger­ous Dash, a treach­er­ous ob­sta­cle course that tests its young boot­cam­pers phys­i­cally and men­tally with a dash through a croc pit and over

host Bindi Ir­win.

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