ECU for high flyers – take a class in trapeze


Flying through the air with not quite the greatest of ease: Reporter Arylene Westlake-Jennings with trapeze coaches Darren Turner and Brodie Ross.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        d450185
ECU for high flyers – take a class in trapeze
Flying through the air with not quite the greatest of ease: Reporter Arylene Westlake-Jennings with trapeze coaches Darren Turner and Brodie Ross. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d450185

Truth be told, all expectation went out the window as soon as I hopped off the 8m-high platform on “hup”.

It was complete sensory overload as I felt the harness guide me through the swing, my hands gripping onto the fly bar as I simultaneously forgot where my legs were.

This did nothing to help me progress into my next move when instructor and Access Circus creative director Renee Pilkington shouted out the instruction to hook my legs onto the bar while mid-air.

I could not find my right foot. In fact, I did not know where to find it in amongmy euphoria.

By the time I did, it was too late. Take two and I failed again. It didn’t matter though, because I was flying.

I was lucky enough to be soaring in the capable hands of the Twilight Flyers run by Access Circus, who have taken up residency at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus since January.

They are there as part of the university’s 25th anniversary celebrations, which will see a range of events take place across all three of its campuses.

“We love being at ECU and have had a great response from both staff and students and our existing frequent flyers,” Ms Pilkington said.

“As an innovating university, it’s a perfect partnership for Twilight Flyers to be a part of the celebrations this year. If you are looking for that something to push you out of your comfort zone or to help someone else, this is perfect, and I also recommend it for those already hooked on action sports.”

ECU corporate events manager Asha Oudit said hosting the Twilight Flyers on campus was just one example of how the university aimed to commemorate this year’s milestone.

“Every year we have a range of exciting events for our students, staff, alumni and the local community,” she said.

“As part of ECU’s 25th anniversary celebrations this year, we’re taking it to the next level. The Twilight Flyers trapeze classes challenge people with a new experience as well as help to build confidence and that’s a big part of what university is all about.

“Next week, we have Nobel Laureate in chemistry Professor Dan Shechtman speaking on our Joondalup Campus while mathematician and author Dr Clio Cresswell will be speaking as part of International Women’s Day on March 8.”

For more about the Twilight Flyers, visit www.accesscircus.com. For more on ECU’s 25th anniversary, visit www.ecu25.com.au.