Students work on a circus challenge

By KUE DAVIS

PARTICIPANTS graduating from Coffs Harbour Challenge's Transition to Work Program at the Zip Circus Flying Trapeze School were flying high after their grand finale performance yesterday.

Students showed off their new skills to an audience of friends and family at Pacific Bay Resort, treating onlookers to fun a show that displayed their new abilities on the tightrope and trampoline.

The school has been held one day a week for the past six weeks at the Zip Circus Flying Trapeze School and was a part of the Community Links Program that aims at creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

"It's about creating new and meaningful experiences that people with a disability don't usually get a chance to have," disability services manager Tanya Blundell said.

"The underlying aim of all our programs is to improve social skills, and giving people with a disability the opportunity to discover a passion, and follow on with it.

"They've all come such a long way. We've seen massive improvements in self confidence and self esteem." Owners of the Zip Circus and instructors Ross and Juliana said that the experience was highly rewarding.

"It's been awesome to see where the guys started and where they are now," Ross said.

"Some of them wouldn't even step onto the trampoline, now they're running at it," Juliana said.!

Coffs Harbour Challenge programs run consistently, and focus mainly on people out of school with an intellectual disability. For details phone 6652 6066.



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