We’re going live to Wooolgoolga where another favourite birdy-limpic discipline has reached final stages.
The ‘Death-roll’! A 360-degree daredevil act, throwing body and mind into the open air. A deed that requires skill, technique, but most of all, courage.
The Olympic torches are shining brightly, everything is set.
The umpire quickly pulls out his notebook as we are just about to start the show.
He sets the signal, as we are on our way.
A local matador has entered the stage on a slippery high wire.
A steady breeze sweeps through from the eastern shores. It’s best to huddle together. Will the wind factor enhance this acrobat’s performance?
Oh dear! Too bad? He stumbles over his fear of heights, which left him barely hanging on.
This is crazy!
Clearly an amateur mistake. How will he get out of this one? Nicely recovered from a tricky situation.
The audience can barely watch proceedings.
What will be his next move I wonder? He needs to regain composure to make it to the finals.
An almost perfect loop, with an impressive halt.
But wait, he goes for the double loop! Flaming Galah! This has never been observed before. What a comeback.
Nerves of steel lead him all the way, back on to the podium.
In the freestyle section, a bit further inland, the regular crowd shuffled in.
It is a fabulous atmosphere here as the Mexican Wave rolls along spectators.
Last-minute preparations are on their way.
A newcomer has entered the tricky parkour.
He seems a bit nervous, for good reason.
Mom and dad just flew in to see youngster’s performance.
His girlfriend isn’t far off either.
Even Lady Galah made an appearance. Good to see her back on home twigs.
Lori Keet and friends are just as excited to be here.
This atmosphere truly is a sight for sore eyes.
Weather conditions are in favour of the acrobat, trail conditions are perfect.
Cold and dry winter days have given this circuit just the right branch stability.
A clear sunny day goes never astray. This parkour is as difficult as they come.
All gymnasts need to warm up and stretch those tight muscles.
Nothing like a good body stretch.
The coaching staff expect a good result too, hard yakka (work) was implicated to the build-up.
The referee watches closely, these are the finals after all.
It’s easy to slip up.
The crowd is not overly mesmerized by this novice.
Will he prove them wrong?
No, he won’t! He creates a bit of a mess on his second hurdle but recovers just in time.
Fresh pine cones! Who wants one?
One more for me thanks.
Oh, there is another glitch!
Dad can’t watch it anymore. This is just too much to withstand.
Coaching staff were sidelined by the umpire.
The contestant needs to organize himself again. That’s more like it!
He redeemed a few points on this balancing act.
But overall, this is wasn’t the gala we expected.
Dad composed himself again.
Sometimes, one can just shrug their shoulders.
And move on!