THAT big, inflatable pillow is all that stands between fun and broken bones in the stunt business, but Carla McLeish would not
THAT big, inflatable pillow is all that stands between fun and broken bones in the stunt business, but Carla McLeish would not

Thrills outweigh danger at stunt school

MAD maybe, adrenaline junkies definitely, but ask any one of the aspiring stunt men and women attending the Australian Stunt Academy workshop at Casua-% rina if they would prefer a desk job and chances are you would get a resounding "no". Carla McLeish, 31, of Victoria, is just one of a handful of women attending the three-week course which includes learning about fire, vehicle control, fall- ing from heights, sword fighting and much more. --------------- --------------- "I have been doing some% pretty crazy stuff since I was a kid," Ms McLeish said. "There is a bit of a stereotype that it's masculine, but the guys have been really supportive. "Some people I know don't really understand why I do it, give me stick and call me Peter Pan because I've never grown up, but it's great fun." Ryan Handley, 19, helps run the academy with his father Colin, who was yesterday in Cairns filming stunts for Chan- --------------- --------------- nel Seven's Sea Patrol. "A lot of people who do the course travel from as far away as Europe, the US, Asia, some of whom do stunt work at big shows," Mr Handley said. "Most of those who attend are real adventurers and love stunt movies and want to go on to work on productions. "Those who have martial arts or gymnastics backgrounds do really well, but we do get people from all age groups." - SAMANTHA HEALY



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