Tumbling teens

Two internationally renowned performers were in Wingham this week teaching local teens to tumble.

Organised by Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services and faciliated by Jill Watkins of Circartus, the workshops provided a fun and expressive way for the youngsters to use their energy.

Visiting acrobatics coach Megan Bolten has an impressive record of working with and mentoring thousands of children over the past 12 years.

She was joined by Rick Everett who started his performing career at the age of 15 and is a versative and highly skilled tumber.

Both Megan and Rick have respresented Australia overseas and were able to bring many years of performance expertise to St Joeys Hall.

Using simple equipment and a well cushioned floor, Megan and Rick showed the participants some impressive moves.

The first day of the two day workshop saw a group of children from the Biripi community participate before heading back to Taree for NAIDOC week celebrations.

Other local teenagers enjoyed the workshop including Wingham High School captain Eddi Raglus.

"The long term goals is to get a tumbling group off the ground in Wingham," Jill said.

"The emphasis will be on fun."

If there is enough interest from the community, Jill said the tumbling could become a regular subsidised program.

It offers an affordable outlet for energetic teens and is a way to work with the community for positive change, she said.