Taste of circus life in the gym

Local holiday programme gives participants a shot at running away with the circus.

Local holiday programme gives participants a shot at running away with the circus.

HANGING OUT: Gemma McDonald, Holli McDonald and Hayley Richardson practise on the beam. Pictures by Liam Clayton
HANGING OUT:Gabrielle Searle and Pearl Rusby learn skills on the aerial silks.
Taylor Newman, Gabrielle Searle, Naomi Molmberg, Jade Schwass and Arlay Love try out an assortment of circus props from hula hoop to juggling rings.
Milton Molmberg has a shot on the trapeze.

KIDS who dream of running away with the circus lived their dream for three days at a circus school holiday programme run by Gisborne Gymnastics Club.

The three-day programme introduced participants to circus activities including acrobatics and learning basic moves on the aerial silks.

Programme organiser Nicola Ludwig said the kids also tried out unicycling, juggling, trampolining, trapeze and tightrope walking.

The programme is run by qualified coaches and the day is structured so that they can follow certain progressions safely.

“We give the parents a 30-minute performance at the end of the three days.

“Kids love it and those who are just enrolled for one day often ask their parents if they can come back the next day.”

KIDS who dream of running away with the circus lived their dream for three days at a circus school holiday programme run by Gisborne Gymnastics Club.

The three-day programme introduced participants to circus activities including acrobatics and learning basic moves on the aerial silks.

Programme organiser Nicola Ludwig said the kids also tried out unicycling, juggling, trampolining, trapeze and tightrope walking.

The programme is run by qualified coaches and the day is structured so that they can follow certain progressions safely.

“We give the parents a 30-minute performance at the end of the three days.

“Kids love it and those who are just enrolled for one day often ask their parents if they can come back the next day.”

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