Walker recently came away with a Bronze medal at the X-TERRA Asian Pacific Trail Running Championships in the 21k Half Marathon at Callala Bay.
Leading up to the race, Nicks training was coming along well however, he fell sick on the Friday night with a migraine almost preventing him from pulling out of the race. In typical N W W form, he didn’t let anything hold him back and he decided to compete.
In the race Nick lead with a few of the front runners only to take a wrong turn in the second 11k which frustrated quite a few of the runners, however his persistence prevailed and Nick caught up quite a few places.
A big thankyou to sponsors TomTom Global, Skins AU, Chief Bar, Ice Bug and SOS Hydration.
Today I competed in the X Terra Asian Pacific Trail Running Champs with Audrey in the 21k relay and fortunately for the two of us we came away with Gold and won our entry to the World Trail Running Championships in Oahu, Hawaii. The course was set in the Jervis Bay national park which is located south of Sydney, about 40 minutes south of Woolongong. The trail was extremely slippery due to the rain the south coast has had this past week! Not even my amazing Nike Terra Kiger 2s could withstand the muddy, slippery conditions! I had several falls but still managed to run the full 10.5k in just under 40 minutes to tag Audrey. Audrey had a fantastic run too and ran especially fast at the start at the thought of the leeches which lay in the big mud puddles throughout the course. There were puddles on the 5k loop which were half a meter deep so it was best to avoid those! I found that I couldn’t control my pace because I was continuously changing pace due to the very slippery terrain. The course was easier than the Hawaiian world champs course because it wasn’t as hilly and the conditions weren’t as humid however the course today was much more slippery, bigger puddles and alot more mud! All in all team Beasts was stoked with the win and we took out the gold medal outright! We look forward to the world champs later this year! Next up Sydney 10! Thanks to Run Crew for all the hard training and to my sponsors LaceLocker, H2coco, Pure Sports Hydration +.Revive Therapeutic Massage.
TRACK STAR SUPERSTAR Elana Withnall has been chosen to be the face of my first women’s LANE 5IVE Croptop collection.
The collection has been inspired by metaphors for speed as well as photographs i have taken from my various trips around the world, which have been inspired me.
These croptop’s empower women to be inspired whilst they workout because they feel very comfortable and the designs empower the woman to feel competitive and be the best the can be at reaching their goals.
Elana has been chosen as the Lane 5IVE cover girl because of her passion for athletics, her commitment to athletics, and her well rounded attitude as an elite athlete. She does one of the hardest track events which is the Heptathlon. She is a nationally ranked Heptathlete and has dreams and aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics. She has to train almost 7 days a week, amongst uni and work and has to be highly motivated so she can get through her 7 events!
I am very lucky to have have this amazing sports star as my girlfriend who keeps me highly motivated and gives me strength and courage to believe in myself and also LANE 5IVE!
“Light is not an object, but an experience in perception” – James Turell
Showcasing the graduate collection of designer Vivien Shen, Envisage explores the concept of how light can be more than merely observed, but also experienced.
Here is an exclusive look at this amazing concept mixing projected lights onto this beautiful white menswear fashion by Vivien Chen. The result is this mystical, emotive, kaleidoscope which produces dramatic effects when the human body is in motion.
2012 Marks a new era for the UTS Northern Suburbs Athletics Club with the arrival of the new uniform. The new uniform i designed, stems back to the traditional club uniform, which was worn by the original North’s Athletes when the club began in the 1930’s.
The new uniform which consists of a Men’s and Women’s singlet, Women’s crop top and Club competition shirt, incorporates the traditional North’s colors of red and black, and when combined, creates a contrasting mix, symbolic of the clubs competitive nature and leadership as being a club which stand’s out amongst other clubs on and off the track.
The Uniform change has come after almost 15 years after the previous uniform design and after much deliberation this design captivated the members of the UTS North’s Athletics club because of it’s traditional colours as well as it’s contemporary design which shows simplicity with an edge through the use of organic lines to give the feeling of speed and endurance on the panels as well as a plain red front which draws attention to the competitors numbers. Added embellishments of black stripes have also been added near the sleeves of the uniform, which represents tradition.
The quality and fabrication of the new UTS North’s uniform has been designed and constructed using the latest technology in sports apparel design called sublimated sports apparel which involves heat transfer of graphics onto materials. The textiles used for the new UTS North’s Uniforms are of a high quality through the use of a light sports dry material for the singlet’s and club shirt, which is breathable, and lightweight to wear when the athletes compete. The crop top is made from a nylon lycra which fits the ladies figure comfortably. The cut of all the uniforms have been custom made to suit all the athletes’ physical attributes on both the track and field.
Affordability was also a question which came to mind when redesigning the club uniform, so each item of the new uniform is $40.00 which is an excellent price for a top quality uniform which is sure to last at least for the next two decades..
The new UTS Norths uniform is symbolic of a new era in 2012, as a club, which continues to grow significantly, and is a reflection of the quality of the athletes, which belong to the club. As North’s revisit it’s traditional roots through the new uniform, the red and black is sure to create an impact on the track and field and we encourage all of our existing and future athletes to make a purchase
I am proud to announce i will be a reporter for Jason Dundas Online (http://www.jasondundas.com/). Jason Dundas is an Australian TV Presenter and has been a presenter for MTV and Getaway! He is now an International Presenter for the VH1 Channel, Hosting a show in NYC called “VH1 BIg Morning Buzz”.
As a reporter i will be reporting on all things related to Pop Culture here in Sydney, Australia 🙂 Some exciting news and more to come soon! I have been wanted to be a reporter ever since the age of 8 when i decided to give presenting a go on a pretend set at Sydney Royal Easter Show! This is a stepping stone and i am so happy i am getting to do something which i love and get to share with the rest of the world this beautiful city which i live in.
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. James Dean
Photograph: Ashley Dugandzic 2012
Model: Nick William Walker
Channeling James Dean recently in a photoshoot was an interesting experience. For those of you who don’t know who James Dean is, he is a legendary actor who was known for being a cultural icon of his time, symbolising the typical American teenager which was made evident in the classic film “Rebel without a Cause” (1955) where he played the troubled teenager Jim Stark. In the same year Rebel without a Cause was released, James Dean was killed in a car accident due to speeding. Sadly at the age of 24, Dean’s life was cut short. James Dean was the first actor to receive the Posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Working with photographer Ashley Dugandzic, we worked together to depict the emotion of James Dean portrayed in Rebel without a Cause and how we could depict this through still shots. I spent a couple of weeks studying his film and studying James Deans personality and emotion throughout the film as he played a troubling teenager. I felt i could relate to some of my teenage experiences in the film such as integrating into a new group at highschool, peer pressure, arguing with parents over what is the truth with a troubling experience, falling in love for the first time, drinking for the first time and helping a troubled mate. I think every teenager at some point in their life bottles up their emotions and it’s about learning how to express and control your emotions which is what James Dean experiences in this film. In saying this, James Dean in this film has his own style of expressing his emotion. He is almost child like the way he breaks down in scenes, such as the scene where he breaks down in front of his parents after the scene of “Chicken” where one of his enemies dies in a car accident. The way he expresses to his parents how he is feeling about the situation is very timid and sensitive like a young kid, but then moments of frustration depicts his transition into adult hood. These elements of the film is what i wanted to capture in the shoot.
When working with Ashley i took some risks such as using a cigarette in the photos. I am not a smoker but in most scenes, Dean is smoking when he is stressed. In taking this risk we produced some amazing photos. Since James Dean was a risk taker in this film, i felt by doing the same- it would get me into character. James dean smoking is iconic of his time and culturally symbolic of the American teenager.
Capturing James Dean’s pure emotion was also something which i wanted to study when doing this shoot. He was a master of conveying this- whether he was falling in love, frustrated or being persuasive. When being photographed by Ashley i just had to put myself in James Deans shoes and really try and feel what he felt. I think when modelling, especially a legend like James Dean- to get into character you have to relate your own experiences to the experiences in the film so you can let the emotion pour out of your facial expressions and body language.
As an influence for my Lane 5ive “Speedometer” singlet, Rebel without a cause was an influence for the film due to the fact the notions of speed were challenged in this film through drag racing, when Jim was peer pressured into it. jim survived the game “Chicken” and was the first to jump out of his car, whilst his opponent fell off a cliff and crashed to his death. The speedometer was a key symbol in this scene. I definitely don’t condone speeding either but back in the 1950’s this was a cultural element of a teenager to prove that the fastest person in their car is the one who can take the most risks, therefor is the “coolest” and the leader. Today this is definitely not the case and its more about reponsiblity and being a role model through making a positive change.
The contrast of the red jacket amongst the black Lane 5ive singlets and shorts i though would create a definitive contrast between that of a rebel and that of an athlete. I channeled the contrast between the risk of Jim in Rebel without a cause, and the risk an athlete takes in a race when strategically running.
The location of the shoot was at the University of Sydney’s College of Fine Arts and this was a great location because of it’s historical buildings which was similar to the iconic “Griffith Observatory” used in Rebel without a Cause. The feel of the place was somewhat dark as it use to be an old mental hospital and apparently it is haunted. The location in a way made me more so get into character as James Dean who did die at such a young age made me think of his spirit.
I am so pleased with how these photos turned out and i am so happy to have reflected James Dean in his famous movie “Rebel Without a Cause”- a young actor who died too young.. hence the quote “Live Fast, Die Young”. The main thing i’ll remember of James Dean is the Red Jacket, the white shirt, the blue jeans and the black shoes.