Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Circus Trainer Helps Young Discover Their True Grace; Juniors Find Their Feet

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Circus Trainer Helps Young Discover Their True Grace; Juniors Find Their Feet

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Byline: fallon hudson

SIX students fly through the air with grace and ease during their aerial training.

At a more comfortable height Co and on two feet Co Tammy StoneCOs eyes are fixed on her students ensuring their technique is correct.

As the director of Sensory Circus Mackay Tribe, Ms Stone, like the silks and trapeze the students use, is the support the students have to push their potential.

For almost 20 years Ms Stone has worked as a youth worker and support worker for children and adults with disabilities in Queensland and New South Wales.

She started her career in disability in Sydney and worked with violent and challenging youth before moving to Mackay.

After her move north she moved into the field of youth justice, which is her passion. And for the past 13 years she has been able to combine her enthusiasm for helping youth with her love of circus.

C[pounds sterling]I moved to Mackay 20 years ago, so I am as good as a Mackay person I suppose,C[yen] she laughed.

C[pounds sterling]I absolutely love youth. Youth can bring anything to a community. Lately the publicity on youth has been pretty horrific, but then at the end of the day it comes back to the community itself.

C[pounds sterling]How the community can come together and help when a parent who is struggling, instead of sitting back and (judging) Co it is about stepping in and helping out youth.C[yen]

These days, Ms Stone does just that, she helps young people find their hidden talents and inner strength through the circus.

At present she and her instructors teach 90 children from the age of two to 15 the ropes of circus performance.

C[pounds sterling]Circus has become more mainstream, I think, because it is more adaptable for young people, also for the students. They perform a lot in Mackay,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]The students get self-esteem, fitness and teamwork from circus. It is also about solo performances. ItCOs not like traditional sports where if you are not good at it, tough luck.

C[pounds sterling]There are so many varieties in circus you can do; it doesnCOt matter if you are flexible, overweight, or you are short or tall,C[yen] she said. …

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