ECU for high flyers – take a class in trapeze

Reporter Arylene Westlake-Jennings.
Picture: Martin Kennealey        d450185

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
Reporter Arylene Westlake-Jennings. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d450185 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.”

 

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