Children admire the colourful Chinese lion at the Brelsford Park opening.
Children admire the colourful Chinese lion at the Brelsford Park opening. The Coffs Coast Advocate

Lion king of Brelsford

TAFE student Russell Ballangarry and Coffs Harbour Senior College student Michael Ballangarry turned themselves into a brilliantly-coloured dancing Chinese lion yesterday, much to the delight of youngsters attending the official opening of the Brelsford Park Adventure Playground.

The lion suit was funded by Southern Cross University for the SCU Students’ Association and was brought back from China by an SCU lecturer.

SCUSA co-ordinator Neville Neal said the lion dancing was part of a program to engage shy Chinese students and each year about a dozen overseas and local students became involved.

Russell Ballangarry moved to Coffs Harbour from Bendigo where he learned lion dancing with the Bendigo Chinese Association and he is now teaching other students.

The lion’s next outing will be at the Multicultural Festival on Harmony Day on March 21.



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