14 year-old from Hastings is third best unicyclist in the world
by Pete Donohue
Dekki Sudiarta, born and raised in Hastings, first discovered his natural talent as a unicyclist at age eleven. The Rye Community College student was initially inspired by a friend to get his first unicycle and started practising straight away. Regular trips to London and the renowned street skate and cycle space on the South Bank helped Dekki hone his skills.
The World Unicycle Championship is a bi-annual event and Unicon 16 was held at San Sebastian in Northern Spain this August. Dekki came third in the ‘Flatlands’ discipline for Under 17’s to bring home the bronze medal to Hastings. Even more remarkably Dekki came fifth in the world in the ‘Street’ discipline which is open to all ages, young people and adults alike.
Dekki told HIP, “It took two years of hard training but now it’s beginning to pay off.”
A regular at The Source world-class skate park in Hastings, Dekki will be competing on the world stage once again in Germany next February. His ambition is to become the world number one at Unicon 18 which will be held in Seoul, South Korea in two years’ time.
To see what Dekki can do search him out on YouTube. HIP shall be following this talented and driven young man’s progress with enthusiasm and if any local business or individual would like to sponsor Dekki, please contact us and we will put you in touch: