Supporting dreams – Flipside Circus Bursary Program

Supporting dreams – Flipside Circus Bursary Program

9 July, 2018

Circus is joyous, celebratory, and risky. It engages the body, the mind and the heart and has the power to transform young people and the world they live in.

Circus is a stepping stone to big dreams.

Flipside’s bursary program is all about helping young people achieve these dreams regardless of background or circumstance. We recently sat down with Mark, 14 – a recipient of a Flipside bursary – to chat about circus and his dreams.

Mark’s dream is to become a star wrestler with the WWE. “I love my family. Family means a lot to me. And the next most important thing in my life is training to become a professional wrestler.”

Mark sees circus as a great way to develop the strength and skills to make it in the world of wrestling. “I thought circus might be all about clowns and popcorn – but it’s not. I didn’t expect all these fit people! All these skills… really it’s like a gym. They get you really fit and the atmosphere is so energetic”.

“Circus is very similar to professional wrestling – it has the acrobatics, the aerials and the tumbling. Wrestling has all that. So I’ve got to train in the circus.”

Flipside’s Bursary program is able to support Mark by providing circus training to help achieve his wrestling dreams.

Mark attends weekly circus training at Flipside working with regular trainers Izzy and Lara. “The people are so nice and so passionate here, which makes me want to come train and see Izzy, or Lara.”

Mark was quick to mention the impact of circus on the rest of his life – he now feels more focused and this has translated it to his school life. But he didn’t dwell on that for too long… “Tumbling is my favourite. Well actually, it’s all fun the best thing is training on everything at once!”

The Flipside bursary helps children and young people facing financial and social barriers access free and subsidised circus training. The bursary is part of Flipside’s social circus programs that include regular programs for children living with a disability, community programs, and programs in remote and regional Queensland.

Flipside is currently working to raise $1,500 to help young people like Mark access the program in the second half of 2018. For more information or to make a donation visit: