Northern News : August 15th 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Visit www.advancebuild.co.nz Smart new homes for a quality lifestyle! NOW OPEN New Kerikeri Display Home Visit us at 391 Waipapa Rd, Kerikeri Phone 0800 327 828 TODAY E-EDITION ONLINE A headache Our Blair High note Our blog ''GE isn't a solution, it's just another problem for farmers, and a big one,'' -- Bob Mackley, Duchembegarra, Western Victoria, Australia --P2 The Far North's first ever medal. Fantastic work, Blair -- P10 Te Korowai o te Aroha were runners-up in a nationwide sign language performance. Go to northernnews. co.nz to watch a video. Bay College students are in good voice. Go to northernnews.co.nz to watch a a video of the song sung to close their play Kura Toa. Go online to northernnews.co.nz to read the latest from Pat Booth. Click Latest Blogs. We're the champions By HAMISH MacLEAN Mobbed: World champion street unicyclist Chris Huriwai, below, is mobbed by students from Tautoro, one of the area schools he's worked with over the past year. Kaikohe's heroes welcome for the three newly crowned unicycling champions, Sam La Hood, top left and Samuel Tzikoucos, top right, shut down the town's streets in the middle of the day on Friday. Unicyclists crowned best in the world You can fail a million times, but keep going, you just need tokeeptrying. . . Chris Huriwai THE streets of Kaikohe were flooded with children when three North- landers returned from Brixen, Italy, as unicycling world champions last week. Hundreds applauded men's first place winner Otaua's Chris Huriwai, women's first place winner Dar- gaville's Sam La Hood and youth cat- egory third placegetter 13-year-old Samuel Tzikoucos as they made their way up Broadway and back to a warm reception at Kaikohe Mem- orial Hall. Area schools joined in the cele- bration. Northland MP Mike Sabin said that for him the significance of the day was a recognition of what "striving for success and achieving success really means". Mr Sabin said the day was one for Kaikohe to lift up their champions and was also an opportunity to take stock of the potential for success that lies within. "What they really embody is three people who have really committed and worked -- and probably failed along the way -- until they reached the top of the mountain that they sought to climb," he said. "I think there's a lesson in that for all of us. "Success isn't something that hap- pens by accident, it happens by effort and by attitude." He received a round of applause during his talk when he said the people of Northland ought to lobby the Olympic committee for unicyc- ling as an Olympic sport. Chris Huriwai apologised to the crowd for his lower than usual energy. He said there were too many people to thank at once but he did thank the schools for their support And he confirmed Mr Sabin's message. "You can fail a million times, but keep going, you just need to keep trying, that's all you need to do." With the athletes returning to New Zealand during the week, one of the day's speakers gave the cham- pions a hard time. "They're not wearing their medals, I guess they're still in their suit- cases," Far North District Council councillor Sally Macauley said. "It's been a wonderful morning," she told to the audience at Memorial Hall. She thanked the parents, friends and supporters of the young athletes for their role in the three youngsters' successes, and the time they've invested in their support. And she thanked Mike Shaw who organised the parade. "It's a bit embarrassing really, but it's cool," Chris said after the event. "I know that this day isn't about me and the Sams, it's about the whole town getting together and cel- ebrating something for once," Chris said. Italy was still fresh on the young man's mind. "It was really hot," he said. "All the best competitors were there, which was really cool." It was the Sams first time at the competition and Chris said he was pleased by the two younger riders' ability to remain cool under pres- sure. "I thought nerves might get to them a bit -- competing is really dif- ferent from normal practising -- it was good, they were able to keep their composure and they impressed me," he says. As the unicyclist who gave the sport a profile in Northland, Chris jokingly took credit for the other riders' success. "I just give them whatever support I can, any advice I can, and they used it well," he said. "But yeah, all the credit to them, of course." Chris has already got his sights set on the next world championships in Montreal, Canada, in two years. "I'll be booking my tickets soon, I think."
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