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December 2007


By Rochelle - Posted on 08 December 2007

News

Australia wins in Asian Pacific Unicycle Hockey Convention!

Asia Pacific Unicycle (Hockey) Convention

What a fantastic competition! If you haven't heard by now, Australia took out the inaugural Asia Pacific Unicycle Hockey Convention in Singapore in November. Team players (in alphabetical order) Cris B, Ashley Curtis (Captain), Ty P, Matt P and Nic V were outstanding in tough conditions - 33 degrees and 90% humidity, playing with no reserve team members (but exceptional support from their single person cheer squad and blow up mascot). The competition was friendly but fiercely competitive and there's no doubt that Australia dominated:

  • Australia vs Hong Kong 1 - 0

  • Australia vs Singapore 10 - 0

  • Australia vs Singapore (under 21s) 5 - 1

  • Australia vs South Korea 3 – 2

Positions second to fourth were determined on goal difference, with all of the other teams winning two and losing two games. Hong Kong finished second, South Korea third, Singapore fourth and Singapore (under 21s) finished fifth.

Korean Preparations

It wasn't all competition though - the Korean team also amazed participants with a demonstration of some very serious martial arts.

Battle Commences…

Following all the cheers and tears, teams and supporters were treated to a sumptuous feast and a welcome dip in the pool, courtesy of the Koreans. The following day involved a ride through downtown Singapore and sampling of local cuisine.

A huge thanks to the Singaporean organisers – you put on a really fantastic competition that can only grow and many, many thanks for your warm and generous hospitality.

Thanks also to all the participating teams and supporters – it was wonderful to meet you, we had a heap of fun and we hope to do it all again soon!! Pics are posted at the Singapore Unicyclists photo site and also the Asia Pacific Unicycle Hockey Webshots page.

Australia withdraws from hosting UNICON XV 2010

It was with deep regret that the AUS recently informed the the IUF Committee & President of the withdrawal of Australia from hosting of UNICON XV 2010.

This action was taken after discussion and passing of a motion at the 2007 AUS AGM. Australia does not presently have sufficient resources ororganisers to host Unicon XV in Australia in 2010. Unfortunately the group of riders who originally bid for Unicon XV are no longer sufficiently active to organise the event in 2010 and no other volunteers have been able to make the necessary commitment.

We will let you know once the IUF determines an alternative venue – it may be New Zealand!

Upcoming Events

Woodford Folk Festival

Don't forget that the AUS is participating in the Woodford Folk Festival over the New Year period. It's a great opportunity to attend this huge festival for free, by doing what you enjoy most- - riding a unicycle!
To any unicyclists interested in joining in and helping to put on a performance atthis excellent festival, please contact Michael via email at fauxfur [at] hotmail [dot] com (fauxfur at hotmail.com) or telephone 0421645691. Hurry - it's only a few weeks away!

UNICON XIV, 26 July – 4 August 2008

Unicon XIV will be held 26 July – 4 August 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ashley Curtis (Australian Unicycle Hockey Team Captain) is hoping to put together a strong team for the competition, with a view to improving on last year's 10th place. So start practicing! You can register for UNICON XIV from 1 January 2008 and also check out the program on the official UNICON XIV Website

Eurocycle 2008 (The European Unicycle Convention), 27 - 30 March 2008

This unicycle event will be hosted in Vodice in sunny Croatia. There will be unicycle hockey and basketball, trials, street, flat and muni competitions (but no track events). As well as the opportunity for some amazing riding through the Croatian mountains. Email for more information: info [at] rheinradreisen [dot] de>info at rheinradreisen.de

Uninam 2008

The Uninam is a 500km Unicycle Tour taking place in March 2008 in Vietnam. Thirty unicyclists from around the world will be riding through Vietnam, starting from Hanoi in the north, to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, and fundraising for OXFAM New Zealand. You can read about the event at the Uninam website

Unicyclists Wanted

Perth

Michael Wiebrands wrote to let us know about a new unicycle club he is organising in Perth, WA.
The club has a website with forums for you to contact the club. Anyone looking for other unicyclists in Perth is welcome!