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Chronic fatigue didn't stop circus performer

Spenser Inwood from Circus Oz specialises in aerial ring, acrobatics and flying trapeze.
Spenser Inwood from Circus Oz specialises in aerial ring, acrobatics and flying trapeze. Rob Blackburn

SPENSER Inwood's career was almost cut short when she was diagnosed with a condition four years ago but her pure love for her job helped her beat the odds.

The 26-year-old is a Circus Oz performer specialising in aerial ring, acrobatics, flying trapeze and Chinese pole.

When Spenser was 22, she was told she had chronic fatigue.

"It was my biggest challenge I have had to deal with.

"I spent a number of years battling my way through it," she said, speaking to Pulse before the But Wait There's More Circus Oz show in October.

"Now I have to be particularly sensible with what I eat and with my sleep.

"It's definitely something I fight with all the time," she said.

"When I was unwell I wasn't able to do anything... I couldn't focus myself on anything. I thought maybe I needed to focus on getting better.

"And when I threw myself back into it, I realised circus wasn't over."

She's been in the Circus Oz family for a year now and likes the fact that there's something for everybody.

"What I really love about it is that you get to be off the ground and flying," she said.

"I am also catching flying trapeze acts; I catch everybody in the show. It's a new thing for me and I am enjoying that challenge."

Spenser may be 26 but she's not new to the trade.

"I started doing it 15 years ago. We lived in Albury and then had to move to Canberra," she said.

"I wasn't keen to leave my friends. My parents promised me if I went with them I could join the circus. As a seven year old, I was up for that," she laughed

Spenser went to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus from Year 3 to Year 12.

She can't wait to come to Gladstone with the rest of the extremely talented troupe.

"I am pretty excited. I love (going to) regional towns through Australia that I would never have the opportunity to go to and see," she said.

CIRCUS OZ

WHERE: GECC

WHEN: Saturday, October 4

TICKETS: $49

Topics:  chronic fatigue, circus, circus oz, gladstone entertainment, gladstone entertainment centre



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