Whip-cracking time in Mundulla

CLASS: The whip-cracking class at Mundulla (from left): back row - Mitchell McAnaney, Luke Fritsch, Lisa Fritsch, Amy Steer, Wilbur Western, Luella Western, Barry Murphy, Tiani Cook, Kiralee Wade, Shannai Wade, Cheryl Steer, Matilda Harris, Julie Duperouzel; front - Mike Andersen, Jake Andersen, Rachel Harris, Lucy Steer, Archie Watts, Charlie Hannemann, and Jamie Steer. Absent - Margaret Forrest, Eva Day and Peter Gaden.
CLASS: The whip-cracking class at Mundulla (from left): back row - Mitchell McAnaney, Luke Fritsch, Lisa Fritsch, Amy Steer, Wilbur Western, Luella Western, Barry Murphy, Tiani Cook, Kiralee Wade, Shannai Wade, Cheryl Steer, Matilda Harris, Julie Duperouzel; front - Mike Andersen, Jake Andersen, Rachel Harris, Lucy Steer, Archie Watts, Charlie Hannemann, and Jamie Steer. Absent - Margaret Forrest, Eva Day and Peter Gaden.

MUNDULLA certainly had a cracking weekend on January 31-February 1.

The town hosted a whip cracking course at the hockey oval on January 31 and February 1, giving locals the opportunity to experience the sport.

Participants ranged from beginners to cracking experts.

Current national whip cracking champion Luke Fritsch ran the clinic, teaching everything from the art of cracking a whip, different types of cracks and whip safety to advanced tricks.

"We aimed to promote more interest in the sport and improve everyone's overall whip cracking techniques," Luke said.

"We taught a range of new tricks, showmanship, how to prepare for a competition and just how to have fun with whip cracking.

"Everyone definitely improved by the end of the weekend, walking away with at least three new tricks."

Amy Steer and her sister Lucy took part in the weekend hoping to further hone their skills in preparation for future competitions.

"I enjoyed learning new things and to getting better at what I do," Amy said.

"I liked learning to do more tricks!" Lucy added.

The weekend's participants are now eligible to compete in the Moot Yang Gunya Whipcrack at the upcoming Mundulla Show on March 7.