FLYING HIGH: Korora aerial acrobat, Shayla Waterson, 11, at the Australian Circus Festival in Sydney.
FLYING HIGH: Korora aerial acrobat, Shayla Waterson, 11, at the Australian Circus Festival in Sydney. John Humphreys

Young aerial artist leaps toward circus dream

AN ASPIRING trapeze artist Shayla Waterson has placed herself firmly within the circus scene in Australia after securing second place in the junior division of the Australian Circus Festival.

The 11-year-old from Korora travelled to Sydney last weekend to compete at the festival and perform her trapeze routine which she choreographed herself.

Shayla mum, Aneka watched on proudly as her daughter blitzed the routine on the day.

"She did very well, she planned the route a few months ago starting with just a pen and paper in the bedroom and some music and she finally got to perform it," she said.

Shayla said placing second was a pleasant surprise that has inspired her to continue her trapeze training.

"I wasn't really expecting it but it felt really good," Shayla said.

"I'm probably going to just keep working on my routine. I really want to work in the Circus Soleil, probably doing trapeze."



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