Unique act at park

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

Subur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the Auck­land City Har­bour News and part of the Fair­fax Me­dia Mighty A Net­work, is the ma­jor print me­dia spon­sor of Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park.

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.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

One wheel: From left: An­gus Gray, Har­ri­son Davis, Alekxan­der Hop and Miro Van As­beck Fisher are per­form­ing at Coca-Cola Christ­mas In The Park.

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