Gym coach to perform in Denmark
Umina PCYC gymnastics coach Lachlan Tolhurst will represent Australia in Aalborg, Denmark, at the Landsstaevne Festival, an annual sport and culture festival that attracts more than 20,000 gymnasts a year.
Tolhurst will perform in a team of 18 other young adult (14-24 year old) coaches and gymnasts from across PCYCs in NSW.
Tolhurst and his teammates will be performing at various events in Denmark culminating at the three-day Landsstaevne Festival.
The group have been preparing for their trip for the last 12 months and will fly out on June 24, returning July 8.
Ms Judy Tolhurst, Lachlan's mother and a fellow coach at Umina PCYC, said the team was excited to be the only Australian team invited to perform and were working hard to perfect their routine.
"We are so proud and so excited for Lachlan and the team," Ms Tolhurst said.
Ms Tolhurst said that former Umina PCYC member Ms Leela Cross of Empire Bay would be joining Lachlan on the team.
"Leela attends University in Sydney and is now affiliated with Auburn PCYC, but we're thrilled to see her on the team and showing what the Central Coast has to offer," Ms Tolhurst said.
The team's performance focuses on showcasing Australia's indigenous culture and explores the significance of "coming home".
The team will also spend time with and watch the Danish National Gymnastics Team perform.
The trip will end with a week of education and training at a Danish Performing Arts University, where team members will have the opportunity to study at the highest possible level.
"The opportunity to learn and grow from this whole experience is massive and all team members involved will get to take this experience back to their own PCYCs and pass that along, enriching both coaches and athletes alike," Ms Tolhurst said.
Interview, 19 Jun 2017
Judy Tolhurst, Umina PCYC
Reporter: Dilon Luke