Unique act at park
FOUR boys that form possibly Auckland’s only unicycle quartet are wheeling their way to success as they prepare to thrill an audience more than 400 times bigger than they are accustomed to.
Angus Gray, Harrison Davis, Alekxander Hop and Miro Van Asbeck Fisher barely knew each other earlier this year but they all shared an interest in unicycling.
It was at a teacher’s suggestion that they formed a unicycling quartet to perform at the Ponsonby Intermediate School talent quest. And so C-Unit was born. The name stands for ‘‘circus unit’’ and is a play on American rap group G-Unit.
‘‘It was the day talent quest was on that we decided to come together,’’ Angus, 12, says.
‘‘We didn’t actually sign up to the talent quest but the teachers thought it would be a good idea if we did it,’’ Miro, 12, says.
‘‘And then we got into the finals.’’
The foursome didn’t win the talent quest but got a taste of audience admiration.
So a few months later when the opportunity arose to perform at the Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park, the boys jumped at it.
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Collections taken up dur- ing the December 8 event will go to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand.
The annual event usually attracts an audience of more than 250,000 people.
Despite the fact it is a much larger audience than the 500-odd at the school talent quest, the year 7 students aren’t fazed in the slightest.
‘‘You get a lot of attention when you are riding, people wave out and stuff,’’ Alekxander, 11, says.
They are keeping quiet on what C-Unit’s act will actually entail but the boys zip around practising bunnyhops, special mounts and skipping with a rope.
Their inspiration comes from the world’s top street unicyclist Chris Huriwai.
‘‘I like him because he is a New Zealander. He is my favourite unicyclist in the world,’’ Angus says.
The youngster carries around a worn-out magazine clipping of Mr Huriwai in his backpack.
Alekxander’s father Aaron Hop is only too pleased to see the boys follow such a positive role-model.
He says the group ‘‘egg each other on’’ with tricks all the time.
‘‘It’s great physical stuff, and it gives them a chance to stand out and do something different,’’ Mr Hop says.
‘‘And it doesn’t take up much room in the car,’’ he laughs.
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is a free event taking place at the Auckland Domain on December 8 from 7.30pm. Visit christmasin thepark.co.nz for details.
One wheel: From left: Angus Gray, Harrison Davis, Alekxander Hop and Miro Van Asbeck Fisher are performing at Coca-Cola Christmas In The Park.