Young gymnasts from the NSW Academy of Gymnastics at Caringbah got their school holidays off to a great start with a visit to training by two of the stars of the recently released teen movie A Second Chance-Rivals.
Star Emily Morris and young indigenous cast member Eva Grados dropped by for a meet and greet today and then held the floor in front of around 100 excited gymnasts and coaching staff.
Filmed in Adelaide, the original feature film A Second Chance proved to be a surprise success since its initial release in 2011, finding a broad audience being later translated into a number of languages and screened around the world.
A family film that focuses on girls' gymnastics, it has continued to grow in popularity with its young female fan-base.
In the sequel, Emily Morris reprises her role from the original film, in which she portrayed 12-year-old gymnastics star Maddy Cornell. Set 10 years later, Maddy has now become a gymnastics coach herself, after recovering from an injury that has taken her out of Olympic contention.
She now leads a new team of young gymnasts drawn from all walks of life, and soon rediscovers her passion for the sport. Together she and the team will face challenges both on the mat and off, as they set their goal to win the national championships.
Both girls who aren't trained gymnasts talked about all the hard work and effort that goes into the making of a movie which is not unlike the training and discipline needed to reach the top in the Academy students chosen sport of gymnastics.
Emily and Eva then answered questions,signed posters and gave away some passes whilst all the young gymnasts went back to the floor and got back into doing the hard work- because that's what it takes to succeed.
A Second Chance: Rivals is playing now at Event Cinemas.