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By Kath Gannaway

There are lots of reasons you might want to learn the techniques Poi and Fire Twirling.
And, one of them is quite simply that it’s enormous fun!
WHYLD Community Group is running a series of free workshops over the next few months based on developing skills in Poi, Staff and Fire Twirling.
WHYLD member Meryl Knoll, said the ultimate aim is to develop an awesome performance for Winter Warming 2017, but added that for anyone who may not wish to take part in a public performance, there is pressure to do so.
“Poi spinning can have a range of health benefits such as stretching, strengthening, joint flexibility and improved muscle tone of arms, wrists and fingers,” Meryl said.
“Because it uses both sides of the brain it can also improve hand-eye co-ordination and bi-lateral motor skill.”
Cultivating patience and persistence, increased confidence and self-esteem, relieve stress … all good reasons to get twirling, but most of all, it can be great fun.
The free workshops are the perfect opportunity to have a try.
Anyone is welcome to join, but children will need parental permission.
The first workshop is on Saturday 25 March, from 11am to 1pm, at WYTAG Reserve in Woori Yallock as part of Woori Open Day.
Workshops will then be held on Sunday 23 April and Sunday 28 May, from 11am to 2pm, at Wickhams Reserve, Launching Place, with dates for further workshop dates yet to be announced.
Phone Meryl on 0458 594 606 for more details.

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