Kangaroo Island gymnasts plant 2500 trees

TREE PLANTING: Camilla Lovison, part of the team travelling to Austria, performs a handstand in front of the tree-planting team at Reeves Point.
TREE PLANTING: Camilla Lovison, part of the team travelling to Austria, performs a handstand in front of the tree-planting team at Reeves Point.

Gymnasts and parents from the Kangaroo Island Gymnastics Club planted more than 2500 trees at Reeves Point over the past two weekends in a major fundraiser for the club.

The work was commissioned by the Kangaroo Island Council following a successful planting by the club last year.

Local environmental consultant company Botanical Enigmerase employed the club to do the work, paying it $5500 over the past two years.

The trees were grown at the Natural Resources KI nursery and seed bank.

The club is sending a team to the World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria, in a few weeks and funds raised from these events will assist.

It is the second time Kangaroo Island has been represented at the international event, after a successful trip to Helsinki, Finland, in 2015.

"It is a huge undertaking to get a team from KI to the other side of the world for this event held every four years but the rewards are so wonderful," club president Jo Davidson said.

"Our club members will be exposed to gymnastics on a scale and a level they can't even imagine from here, with more than 20,000 gymnasts from around the world performing.

"Not many KI kids have an opportunity to represent the Island on the international stage so it is a rare privilege and a special responsibility as ambassadors."

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