If you want to participate in hockey or basketball at UNICON in Wellington, you need to indicate this on your registration and put down the NAME of your TEAM. The team name you put down needs to be the same as the one other team members are putting on their forms! You cannot add a team after 14th November, and if you don't put down a team name you will be put in a scratch team.
Please contact chickenloaf_au [at] yahoo [dot] com (Ashley Curtis) or the AUS to find out the team names if you want to be included in one of the 'official' AUS hockey or basketball teams.
So much fun, we exhausted ourselves! Sydney, Revesby, Canberra and Melbourne teams slugged it out over two days in a unicycle basketball and hockey tournament held on 22 and 23 October in Sydney. Male and female riders of all ages demonstrated amazing skills and endurance as they played in a round robin and then second round for the finals.
Sydney were the unlikely winners of the basketball on Saturday (ringer Luke's precision goal shooting may have been a factor...). Sydney also just managed to take out the hockey on Sunday - beating Revesby in the final (avenging their loss to Revesby at Uninats in Wollongong in April this year). Other highlights: Dylan's hockey goal, skill demonstrations by Jamie and Marie and Marie's when-in-doubt-hug-your-opponent technique.
Huge thanks to Ashley for organising the event, to Rebecca for excellent score keeping, to Cris and Rochelle for staffing registration, to those who refereed and to all the competitors for your participation! Special thanks to the Melbourne and Canberra teams (and Ruben and Dylan from Albury) who ventured to Sydney for the event - that really cranked up the competition. It was a fab weekend - lots of sore muscles and sweat - can't wait to do it again!
If you are in the Australian Capital Territory and want to link in with local unicyclists, check out the new website for ACTURS (ACT Unicycle Riders Society): http://www.unicycling-act.org.au/
Sydney Unicycle Hockey are playing some demonstration games at Spring Cycle this Sunday 27th September, at Olympic Park in Sydney.
All unicyclists are welcome to come along and join in! Bring a red and a black T-shirt if you can (and your unicycle, and gloves!)
We'll be playing from 11.00-11.40am and 1.20-2.00pm at the 'Grand Challenge Medal Area' on Olympic Boulevard, near the Novotel.
Also, at least two Sydney unicycle riders will be taking part in the Spring Cycle ride itself - the main route is 40km, from North Sydney to Homebush, so go out and cheer them on if you can!
The fourth annual NRMA Community CareFlight Day was held on Sunday 13 October 2009 in Tahmoor in NSW. Jaryd Harris, Uninats 2009 Junior Champion, entertained the crowd with his unicycling skills in demonstrations held throughout the day. The event raised funds for the NRMA CareFlight, which operates all over NSW and assists at many tragic accidents on a daily basis. It is not restricted to rural areas and has helped save thousands of lives. For more information about Jaryd's activities, check out his website
Huge congratulations to all the Australian team members for their efforts at the Asia Pacific Unicycle Convention and successfully defending Australia's title as Asia Pacific Hockey Champions!
The second Asia Pacific Unicycling Convention took place in Hong Kong this year with an expanded program: a full-day unicycle hockey tournament, featuring seven teams, and a full day of track and field events including 100m, 400m, 1600m, long jump and 50m backwards, as well as informal competitions such as unicycle sumo and longest still-stand.
Four teams competed in the hockey A-league: Australia, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. The A-league results are as follows:
- Singapore vs Australia 3-7
- South Korea vs Hong Kong 6-0
- Hong Kong vs Singapore 7-0
- Australia vs South Korea 4-4
- Hong Kong vs Australia 2-6
- Singapore vs South Korea 3-6
- Final: Australia vs South Korea 4-3.
The Phillipines won the B league comp against Hong Kong B and South Korea B.
Ruben recieved an award for best young rider of the competition. Ashley Curtis, team captain said,"I am very proud of the team, we were all exhausted but no-one gave up. Everyone did their job and more."
The next Asia Pacific Unicycle Convention will be held in 2011 in South Korea.
Big hoorah for Kevin Wharton for placing second in the expert category of the Extreme Unicycle Championship 2009 Summer edition. This international competition, held in Buthiers France from 31 July - 2 August, saw competitors from fifteen countries compete in extreme unicycling. Mark and Kevin Wharton attended and sounds like they had a fantastic time. Hope to get pics soon. Look out for Kevin at Unicon!
Check out this amazing performance - unicycling and cyling on a trampoline - the backwards somersault's got to be favourite. Viva Les Espoirs du Cirque - Vélo Trampoline!
Fifteen year old, Samuel Farmer, from Scotland has just ridden from Lands End to John O’Groats on a unicycle - he is the youngest to do so. He did it in just 12.5 days. Sam broke a Guinness World Record and raised money for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital, Hampshire and The Peanut Ward at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. You can read about the ride at:
Jaryd Harris, who took out the Uninats 2009 Junior Champion award, has made headlines in the South West Rocks newspaper (see 28 July 2009).
Here are the results of competitions held at Uninats 2009
Winners of each event are the current Uninats Champions, and current Australian Champions if they are resident in Australia.
Cycling across this country is a big enough challenge for anyone but doing it on a unicycle takes real determination and hardy bike shorts. Twenty-four year old, Sid Rajan, is planning to do an Australian first by unicycling from Perth to Sydney, to raise funds for Australia's Humour Foundation Clown Doctors and an Indian Art of Living Foundation project.
This amazing ride will be done in stages to accommodate Sid's university studies. The first stage from Perth to Adelaide will run over June and July, and he'll complete the second stage from Adelaide through Melbourne and Canberra to Sydney in November. Sid will start out with a support crew (big thanks to his mum and dad!) and then finish the ride on his own.
If you want to help out, come to the fundraiser in Melbourne on 7 August. The main event will be the live music of Better Than The Wizards.
Keep up with Sid on his blog: www.3oceansunicycletour.com
Some of the media coverage he's received so far:
The Morning Show on Channel 7
The Today Show on Channel 9
Last month, 7 unicyclists spent 12 days riding through northern India; we had a fantastic time. Since then, we've worked on assembling photos, newspaper articles etc and I'd like to share some of these with everyone.
First up, here is a listing of the participants, showing showing the tour's elevation profile, and a table of links to GPS data that Nathan Hoover assembled, with links to view each segment in GoogleEarth and GoogleMaps.
From the rider's point of view, this tour consisted of 7 riders (plus Jason Williams of Grasshopper Adventures on bike, 2 support vehicle drivers, and a local guide).
Here is Nathan Hoover's journal, which he wrote during the tour. Day 5 (3rd riding day) was the "money day", with a 40km climb that ascended a full 2000m. We got some great photos that day and it was incredible riding. We started that morning in the hot lowlands and finished in the afternoon in the Himalyas in a little town that could've easily been high in Nepal.
Ken Looi would like to extend a warm invitation to all AUS members to attend Unicon XV, The 15th Unicycle World Championships and Convention. It takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, from 27th December 2009 to 7 January 2010.
UNICON is the biggest event in Unicycling, with hundreds of unicyclists attending from up to 30 different countries. This is the first ever Southern Hemisphere UNICON, and the first UNICON held over New Year. Come and celebrate with other unicyclists, ride in spectacular scenery, duel it out on the hockey court, or just meet other unicyclists from around the world. It's a great opportunity to represent Australia in your sport, or enjoy the many unicycling activities so close to home.
Registrations are now open on the Unicon website: www.uniconxv.co.nz
Enter early and save with a reduced entry fee before 1 Sept 2009.
For more questions, email: unicon15 [at] gmail [dot] com
See you later this year!