Charlie Wilkins was this year’s National Youth Circus Day Spirit of Circus National Award Winner. He was nominated by Lolly Jar Circus and recognised by ACAPTA for embodying the values, vitality and passion of the circus arts in his commitment to training, performing, teaching and breathing circus!
Lolly Jar Circus nominated Charlie because “He is a dedicated trainer who works voluntarily on the days he is not rostered. He mixes well with trainers and participants alike. The fact that he has Down Syndrome is just that, a fact, a part of who he is. He is not a successful performer or trainer in spite of that or because of that, but because of his lovely personality and physical dedication.”
We asked Charlie to share a little bit about himself in light of his recent award and acknowledgement.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Basketball, swimming, dance, acting.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
Makes me happy.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Performed with Cirkidz at opening of therapy house.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
At home, watching “Friends”!
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Hula Hoops make me smile.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
To make people happy.
ACAPTA would like to congratulate and honour all of the nominees of the Spirit of Circus Award, who we celebrate for helping make youth circus in Australia a powerful force for change! You can view the full list of nominees here: acapta.org.au/national-youth-circus-day-spirit-of-circus/