THE atmosphere was ‘deadly’ at the Vibe 3on3 HipHop and Basketball Challenge held at the Goulburn Recreation Area yesterday.
Kids came from schools all over the Southern Tablelands to participate in activities such as 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, break-dancing, painting and art sessions, the Vibe Wheel of Life, and much more.
Aboriginal actor and television presenter Luke Carroll was emcee, with former Australian Idol Casey Donovan and Australia’s Got Talent pole dancer Matty Shields, along with Cr Alfie Walker and the team from Mission Australia. Well known Aboriginal comedian Kevin Kropinyeri also taught the kids the finer points of painting and got the kids laughing with his great jokes. Kropinyeri has a rich background as a state grade footballer and basketballer, a visual artist and has years of youth work experience behind him.
Also, the team from the Goulburn City Lions Club and Rotary helped man the barbecue to feed hundreds of hungry kids.
Aboriginal actor and television presenter Luke Carroll was the emcee for the event, and told the Post that he was glad to be taking part in such a dynamic and positive show.
“It’s been a fantastic day, with a great line-up of people and kids coming from all over Goulburn and surrounding areas to participate in the event, and they seem to be enjoying themselves so far, whether they were dancing or doing art, or playing basketball… It’s all happening here,” he said.
“My role here today was as emcee and as a role model for Vibe, because of my acting, and made sure everything ran smoothly and on time, and i announced everything that needed to be announced.”
Australia’s Got Talent finalist Matty Shields also told the Post that he was really enjoying the day and that keeping kids of all ages healthy and happy was an important part of Vibe’s role.
“The atmosphere here today has been amazing and it’s very positive,” he said.
“All the kids that have come from different schools across the area have been having fun and learning about the importance of health and education, learning to hip hop dance and rap, plus much more.”
Matty recently went on Australia’s Got Talent to perform a pole dance routine, (he is a professional pole dancer) and performs circus tricks such as the lira ring, acrobatics and also other forms of dance such as Latin American and Aboriginal dancing.
Ben Kelly from Vibe has been working for them as an editorial assistant for more than five years. He emphasised the importance of the day to the organisation and to the kids of Goulburn.
“The kids are really getting into it and loving it,” he said.
“There are some pretty competitive kids out there, for instance they call their own fouls and have great sportsmanship with each other, which is a great thing to see.”
He encouraged kids to stay healthy and enjoy life to its full potential. The break dancing classes, run by Sydney dancers Darren Compton and Jacqui Cornforth were a hit, and got the kids moving with style. Others were also intrigued by juggling and baton tossing classes that were carried out by Chrisjohn Hancock and the Lieder Theatre team.