Dubbo gymnast Calvin Perry will help showcase Australian culture to the world when he performs at an international festival in Denmark.
Perry, who departs for Denmark on Tuesday, is one of roughly 20 Australians who will perform at the famed Landsstaevne festival, an event which will attract an estimated 26,000 people.
The 19-year-old, who says he has been taking part in gymnastics for almost his entire life, can’t wait to learn more about the craft he loves.
“It’s really exciting an it should be heaps of fun,” he said.
“It’s a group made up of coaches and gymnasts from across NSW. We’ll be doing coaching workshops and joining in to help build knowledge and share our culture with gymnasts from other countries.”
The team is expected to be perform six times on tour but the biggest event is the Landsstaevne festival, which runs for three days.
Perry and his teammates will perform a piece built around Australia’s history and journey the country and its people has taken.
“We’ll be performing a show with a range of styles,’ he said.
“It will be an Aboriginal style which will lead into a performance which tells a story.”
This trip, which will also see the NSW side be a VIP guest at an international performance which has been sold out for months.
That event will feature the National Danish Performance Team, an elite troupe which staged a show at Dubbo this year as part of its world tour.
It marks the highlight of Perry’s career despite competing and performing at a number of state and high level tournaments.
“It will be the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase to everyone what we can do and also learn,” he said.
Perry was keen to thank coaches Justin and Sarah Hayes as well as Penny Schubert and the Dubbo PCYC team for helping him score this chance. He has been travelling to Taree most weekends for intense training sessions and they have all helped him attend those in what is a 12 hour round trip.
Perry added another posiitve to this trip is the fact he will be able to pass on what he learns through his work as a PCYC coach.