Nitro opens world of op­por­tu­nity

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Arare Wim­mera pro­duc­tion of one of the world’s largest ac­tion arena events has prompted Hor­sham Mayor Pam Clarke to en­cour­age peo­ple to spend Easter in the re­gion.

Cr Clarke said a pre­sen­ta­tion by touring dare­devil show Nitro Cir­cus Live at Hor­sham City Oval on April 16 was a one-off op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence a unique and ex­trav­a­gant in­ter­na­tional act with­out the bur­den of ex­cess trav­el­ling.

She said the Nitro Cir­cus show, ex­pected to at­tract be­tween 8000 and 10,000 pa­trons to watch athletes per­form death-de­fy­ing stunts, rep­re­sented the cream on top of a re­gion blos­som­ing with po­ten­tial Easter ex­pe­ri­ences. “The mes­sage is: Get your tick­ets now. To get his type of act coming to Hor­sham is a huge coup,” he said.

“We sim­ply don’t get th­ese types of in­ter­na­tional events coming to western Victoria, let alone Hor­sham.

“Easter in the Wim­mera is al­ready huge with events such as the Stawell Gift and fan­tas­tic nat­u­ral at­trac­tions such as our lakes and water­ways, which are pro­vid­ing great out­door ex­pe­ri­ences.

“But this is go­ing to be some­thing spe­cial and re­flects an evo­lu­tion­ary de­sire to es­tab­lish Hor­sham district as the ma­jor-events cap­i­tal of western Victoria. Im­por­tantly, peo­ple don’t have to leave the re­gion to have an Easter break.”

Idea now re­al­ity

Cr Clarke said pro­mo­tors’ de­ci­sion to bring the Nitro Cir­cus Re­gional Rampage to Hor­sham was an in­di­ca­tion the con­cept of Hor­sham be­ing the place to visit for ma­jor events was shift­ing from be­ing an idea to a re­al­ity.

“What’s won­der­ful about this is that it is some­thing com­pletely out of the or­di­nary for us – it is ac­tion and ad­ven­ture on a grand scale and there is no doubt it will put Hor­sham on the map for a vastly dif­fer­ent au­di­ence than usual,” she said.

“We’re fully primed for the ex­pected big crowd to dis­play the po­ten­tial of – not just Hor­sham but also the re­gion – through a sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional show­case.”

Cr Clarke said win­ning ma­jor events for Hor­sham was more than sim­ply pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment for peo­ple.

“It’s not just good for en­ter­tain­ment value – it’s crit­i­cal for so­cial and eco­nomic growth,” she said. “We’re tick­ing all sorts of boxes. “We now just need peo­ple to make sure they sup­port it and con­tinue send­ing a pow­er­ful mes­sage that we are open for busi­ness.”

Travis Pas­trana’s Nitro Cir­cus Live fea­tures more than 30 of the world’s lead­ing ex­treme-sport athletes per­form­ing fully chore­ographed stunts in­volv­ing freestyle mo­to­cy­cles, BMX, skate­boards and other con­trap­tions.

An event called the Nitro World Games last year cre­ated more than 60 world-first stunts and pro­mo­tors have pre­dicted that athletes will per­form the ma­jor­ity of them in Hor­sham.

Pro­duc­tion of­fi­cials re­ported a steady flow of ticket sales and ex­pect in­ter­est to in­ten­sify in the count­down to the event.

Each of the Nitro Cir­cus Live shows is a ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing as well as per­for­mance pro­duc­tion.

Teams will trans­form Hor­sham City Oval into an ex­treme-sport arena for the event.

The event came to the Wim­mera on the back of Hor­sham prepa­ra­tions for World Ju­nior Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onships next year.

In­ter­na­tional me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions at the world ju­nior ti­tles will broad­cast the ac­tion at Hor­sham’s Dooen mo­tor­cy­cle cir­cuit around the world.

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