Bachelor of Exercise Science
It has been 13 years since Mimi Venker left the Gold Coast to run away with arguably the greatest circus in the world.
Australia’s fascination with Cirque du Soleil started in 1999 when its Saltimbanco show first toured down under.
And in the Brisbane audience, a 21-year-old Griffith University graduate saw beyond the artistry and the agility.
Mimi graduated with a degree in exercise science in 1999, the year the circus came to town. She then continued her education with a Master of Physiotherapy, with acrobatic thoughts never far from her mind.
In 2002 she landed her dream job with the circus and moved to Montreal, Canada, where the Cirque du Soleil shows are conceived.
Over the next decade her career took flight, taking her throughout Canada, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, New Zealand and Sydney. She also lived in Las Vegas for three years working with one of Cirque’s permanent shows, before hitting the road again.
As the performance medicine supervisor on tour she would also liaise with local orthopaedic and sports medicine doctors from city to city and country to country.
“I provided pilates and specific exercise programs to maintain the high acrobatic and physical needs of the show,’ she said.
When she planned to settle down in Queensland, her smile and highly-rated physiotherapy skills were in constant demand as she was called back to work in Sydney first, and then New Zealand, Mexico and around the world.