television: Bindi Irwin’s new TV show
The Croc Hunter’s screen presence guides Bindi Irwin, writes
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.