Perth clubs rep­re­sent­ing wrestling, floor­ball, cheerleading and kayak­ing had their say on why chil­dren should give a fringe sport like theirs a chance.

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Wrestling – Fre­man­tle Wrestling Club

“The ben­e­fits for chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate in wrestling in­clude learn­ing skills that con­trib­ute to suc­cess in other sports such as gymnastics, rugby, grid­iron and MMA, self de­fence, fit­ness, build­ing self-con­fi­dence and lead­er­ship skills and stay­ing ac­tive,” head coach Chris But­ler said.

“In­tro­duc­ing the sport of wrestling in pri­mary and high school gym ses­sions has been suc­cess­ful in in­creas­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a fringe sport like wrestling.

“We need to get the word out to par­ents and the kids that there is a fun way to stay fit and con­trib­ute to skills that will en­hance abil­i­ties in a mul­ti­tude of other sports.”

Kayak­ing – Cham­pion Lakes Boat­ing Club

“Kayak­ing is a low im­pact sport with a high adrenalin rush and so is re­ally ben­e­fi­cial for young grow­ing bod­ies,” kayak­ing co-or­di­na­tor Robyn Brown said.

“Kayak­ing can eas­ily be de­liv­ered through play and games in the early years, fos­ter­ing great last­ing friend­ships, and the young pad­dlers de­velop a sense of achieve­ment through fast im­prove­ment.

“There are more than half a dozen dif­fer­ent types of kayak­ing that chil­dren can get in­volved with, two of which (sprint and slalom) are Olympic dis­ci­plines.” Cheerleading – TNT All Stars

“Cheerleading is the ul­ti­mate team sport that re­lies on each mem­ber of the team to be suc­cess­ful,” di­rec­tor Steph-anie Pyke said.

“No one sits on the bench so it’s quite unique, very in­clu­sive and in­cludes skill build­ing, strength and team work.

“Cheer brings to­gether acro (stunt­ing), dance, jump­ing and tum­bling, so typ­i­cally young kids who like any of those fall in love with it straight away.” Floor­ball – Perth Drag­ons Floor­ball Club

“Floor­ball is fun, great for phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, good for any age and de­mo­graphic, good for team build­ing, builds con­fi­dence and self-es­teem and is avail­able in a lot of schools,” sec­re­tary Coralie Pearce said.

“Be­cause floor­ball is one of the fastest grow­ing sports in the world, the IOC is look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing it to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Every­one who comes down and picks up a stick loves it and comes back week af­ter week. They love the at­mos­phere, they love the sport and we’re a great bunch of peo­ple.” Jes­sica Nico

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