Perth Royal Show gates open early so kids with disabilities can beat the crowds


Georgia Rogers and Mia Rogers (3) enjoying the animal nursery. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339

Helen Turner has been working with the horses for the past 30 years Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339

SunSmart manager Mark Strickland with dad Ashley Kennington and his kids Dan Kennington (8), Oscar Kennington (4) and Finn Kennington (10) being sunsmart during the show. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339
Georgia Rogers and Mia Rogers (3) enjoying the animal nursery. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339 Helen Turner has been working with the horses for the past 30 years Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339 SunSmart manager Mark Strickland with dad Ashley Kennington and his kids Dan Kennington (8), Oscar Kennington (4) and Finn Kennington (10) being sunsmart during the show. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d474339

GATES at the Perth Royal Show opened early for children with disabilities on Tuesday so they could enjoy time in the PETstock Animal Nursery before the crowds rolled in.

Animals have always been a highlight of the show and this year is no exception whether it be cats, dogs, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs.

Georgia Rogers said she loved taking her daughter Mia to spend time with the animals at the animal nursery.

“Mia loves the atmosphere of the Royal Show, her favourite part is when we go and see all of the animals in the nursery and when we visit the cows and sheep,” she said.

“She loves all the animals, however her favourite would be a dog; she has a very positive reaction to dogs whenever she hears them bark and make noises”.

Competitions on the Main Arena are also a crowd favourite and 2017 is significant for course competition co-ordinator Helen Turner who will retire after this show.

“I started off as a competitor and then a short time later I was offered this job; I stepped in and 18 years later I’m still here,” she said.

“I set up the events, timetable them, make sure we run to schedule and that I have enough staff to manage the events that we run on the main arena.

“I love my job and the people that I work with however I’ll be calling it quits after this year due to having two heart attacks. I need to now shift my focus to my health.”

While the weather has not been ideal so far, Cancer Council WA SunSmart manager Mark Strickland said people needed to think UV, not heat.

“The best way to prepare for the Royal Show is to look at the UV index, which will be low earlier and later in the day, however will peak in the middle of the day,” he said.

“If the UV index is above three then this is an indicator that we should be using sun protection”.

Mr Strickland said show goers needed to remember the five Ss: slip on long clothing, slop on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on some sunglasses.

Cancer Council WA’s top five tips for being SunSmart at the Perth Royal Show:

1. Check the UV index for the day before heading to the Show.
2. Remember the five Ss – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
3. Don’t forget that a UV index of 3 or higher is a guide that we should be using sun protection.
4. Use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
5. Always remember a wide-brimmed hat.

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