Training for UniNats Below are photos of BJ, Phoebe and Michael in training for the Unicycle National Championships in Canberra (Oct.2003). Seumas will also be competing in a number of the events at the championships which include a 10km marathon, unicycle hockey, unicycle basketball and numerous track and field events such as high jump, long jump, 50m, 100m, 400m and 800m races. Phoebe will also compete in the individual junior freestyle event.
Group Unicycle Ride WOW, what a great time we had on our first group unicycle ride. A first for Darwin and the NT!! Verity, Katie, Zuleika, BJ, Seumas, Ashlea, Simon, Pheobie, Chantal and myself all rode unicycles. Corin joined us on his mini bike and Karen on her ‘normal’ bike and Sara and Courtney kept up on foot. I am so impressed with the everyones effort. Those who had more experience helped those who were still learning and we all managed to get from start to finish and still had just a little energy left. This ride was about 1.5km.
We all had a great time and the general consensus is “lets have another one soon” and some said “lets make the next ride longer”. I can’t wait... if you want to join in and you are not yet enroled in any of my circus workshops click here to enrol or call me to discuss other options if you can already ride a unicycle. Adults are welcome and next time Karen (Pheobie’s mum) says she will be riding a uni too.
Litchfield Hotel Gymkhana & Australia Day Celebrations In January 2003 two of Debbie’s circus students, Simon (from Humpty Doo School) & Varity (from O’Loughlin College) assisted Chantal and Debbie at the Litchfield Rodeo. The prepartion and organisation of both days events was fantastic as was Simon and Varity’s contribution. Well done to Simon and Varity also for the enthusiasm and initiative they showed throughout the 2 long days of circus activities.
Party Entertainment A few of Debbie’s most enthusiastic young circus students are now starting to make their way into the workforce...not at Supermarkets or Fast Food Outlets...but in the entertaining arena. They are following Miss Debs lead and face painting and clowning around at childrens birthday parties! Well done Katie, Grace and Varity!
Ride over a Fairy I mean ride over a Ferry. Debbie’s Circus class students rode their unicycles and juggled all the way to Mandorah to raise money for the Cancer Council of the NT. They raised over $450. The students rode to Mandorah on the Sea cat Ferry (who sponsored their tickets) and had a lovely afternoon at the Mandorah Beach Hotel swimming and practicing their circus skills. Steve at the Hotel awarded the student who raised the most money a night’s accommodation at the hotel for their family. Steve also got involved on the day to make our visit to Mandorah a lovely experience. The students finished the day by putting on a circus performance for locals and tourists alike who were only too happy to contribute to the kids fundraising efforts.
Relay For Life
Students from Debbie's Circus Class participated in Darwin’s first Cancer Councils Relay for Life in October this 2001. The event involved walking around the Marrara Athletics Oval for 24hrs non-stop to raise money for people with cancer. The Kidz Fun Biz Team was the only team made up completely of children and were honoured to begin the event by riding the first lap on their unicycles and juggling.
Palmerston Lions Club Parade
In 1998 a few kids from the circus troupe won second prize in the Palmerston Lions Club Street Parade for most humerous pedestrian unit. In 1999 another group of circus students won 1st prize in the same category and even got a trophie!
Palmerston Talent Quest Debbie loves to see events where youngsters can show their skills to the community. Its a great way to help them along with their personal development and helps improve their self-confidence no end. Each year she encourages a couple of her students to enter the talent quest and the audiences are always very appreciative of their efforts. In 2001 a group of Debbie’s circus students entered and put on such a good performance that the judges created a special award to give to the kids!
Festival of Darwin ln 19.. The Essington School Darwin Celebrated their 10th Birthday and joined Debbie’s Circus Troupe (then based at Essington School) in the Festival of Darwin Street Parade. A fun day was had by all. Thanks to the parents and teachers who got into the spirit of things and helped make a great day!