Mai celebrates 95 years of a wonderful life
MAI Belogamba is no stranger to readers, having been profiled many times by the Tweed Daily News for her amazing successes as a circus artist and continuing her teaching career in acrobatics well into her 90s.
Mai, who began her solo show business career at the tender age of 15 at the famed Perry’s Circus, has trained tigers and walked a tight rope with no safety net at Sydney’s Luna Park during her illustrious career.
Her late husband Satoni Belogamba performed for the Moscow Circus in Russia, before being captured by German soldiers during World War II, aged just 17, to entertain the troops.
Mai and Satoni met shortly after the war while working on the Coles Varieties Travelling Theatre and married.
They paired for jaw-dropping duo acts, including one in which Mai would balance upside down on Satoni’s head.
Last week Mrs Belogamba celebrated her 95th birthday at Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club with friends and family and received a birthday card from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“I had a wonderful time,” said Mai, who stays active by hosting the Tweed Knitting Club at her West Tweed home, making beanies and blankets for use in hospitals.
“I’ve never worried about anything – I’ve always done exercise, I never drink and I never smoke.”