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SUPREME TEAM

Speedcube.co.nz works with some of NZ's best Speedcubers.

NATHAN CHONG 2016CHON06

Former One-Handed Average National Record Holder  (14.88)

Former 4x4 Single National Record Holder (33.72)

In addition to being one of our sponsored Cubers, Nathan is our official magnetiser of cubes here at Speedcube.co.nz and you'll often see him with us at Competitions around New Zealand.

A few short words from Nathan

My name is Nathan Chong. I first started cubing in late 2014.

Favorite Event?

My favourite event would be either 3x3 or 3x3 one-handed. I really enjoy 3x3, but with how competetive the event as become, I recently found myself focusing more on one-handed. I like one-handed because of how creative you can be with fingertricks and turning in general. As it so happens, I set the New Zealand national record average for one-handed at Techweek NZ 2017 and at Supreme South Open 2017.

What are your Goals, Cubing and Otherwise?

I've always wanted to perform at the top of 3x3, although that seems unlikely. In the future I hope to set many more national records. I guess we'll see how far I get. Another cubing goal of mine is to help push cubing hardware forwards. Working with Speedcube NZ has allowed me to work towards achieving this goal. I hope we can introduce some new exciting products in the future. Beyond cubing I would like to go to university and get a degree, although I'm not sure what I will be studying. I also play lots of football, and hope to continue to play in the future. I'm really grateful to Speedcube NZ for all their support over the last few months. I would also like to thank everyone for suporting Speedcube NZ's store. By supporting Speedcube NZ, you are also helping to support me.

LUCAS O'CONNELL 2016OCON02

2x2 SINGLE NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER (0.643)

SKEWB NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER, SINGLE (2.35) AND AVERAGE (3.82)

SQUARE ONE NATIONAL RECORD HOLDER, SINGLE (10.40) AND AVERAGE (14.20)

 

 

A few short words from Lucas

My name is Lucas O’Connell. I started speedcubing in late March of 2016.

 Favourite event?

My favourite event changes very frequently, but my favourite events would have to be 3x3, 2x2, Skewb and Square-1. I like Skewb and Square-1 because when i got into them, the competition wasn’t that big in New Zealand. After getting faster, I grew a strong liking to these two specifically. I like 2x2 because I find events that take a shorter amount of time to get fast at more fun. I think this is because you can cram in the most practice in the shortest amount of time. Also, I find it quite satisfying to one look a solve and turn really quickly without having to pause.

 

What are your goals, cubing and otherwise?

Ever since I started cubing, my goal was to break a world record. Possibly for Skewb, but since I’m not Polish, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Since there are so many speedcubers out there that have this goal, I have now made my main goal to compete in every WCA event officially and get a World Championship podium.

BIYUAN CHEN 2016CHEN85

3x3 NATIONAL AVERAGE RECORD HOLDER (9.33)

A few short words from Biyuan

My name is Biyuan Chen. I start speedcubing in mid February 2016.

 Favourite event?

My preferred events fall under the 3x3 related categories such as OH and megaminx. However, my favourite event is with a doubt regular 3x3. The difficulty and depth of this puzzle is just perfect to me: it's simple enough for a quick solve, but there are varieties of ways to improve your times. I also find enjoyment through the popularity and competitiveness of this event.

What are your goals, cubing and otherwise?

I aimed to get faster at 3x3 ever since I first learnt to solve a Rubik's cube. So far I have hit my first milestone of setting a national record in 3x3 average. My ultimate goal would be to perform at the very top in this event. (Eventually) Stepping aside from cubing, I would like to extend my hobby of chess to a competitive level in future.

 

BEN KIRBY 2017KIRB01

A few short words from Ben

My name is Ben Kirby. I started speedcubing in August 2015.

 Favourite event?

Because I have spent the most time getting faster at 3x3, I would say I like it the most out of the puzzles I have. However, I've always enjoyed Pyraminx, I am currently the fastest 'Top first' user in New Zealand, and hope to learn more things about it to be able to improve to a higher level. I have started to like Skewb a bit, ever since the talented Lucas O'Connell gave me a quality tutorial. I also enjoy 4x4 a lot, especially on Nathan's Supreme WuQue M :D. 

What are your goals, cubing and otherwise?

Ever since I started cubing I have always wanted to be highly ranked at 3x3, but I can see myself getting into side events more. I would also love to attend a World Championship, aswell as getting into 3x3 Worlds Finals, this will take a lot of effort, but Goals are meant to be challengnig, so I will hopefully eventually achieve this. Outside of cubing I hope I can always have music as a large part of my life, and extend my experience of piano and percussion playing to a higher level. 

 

OLIVER JENKS 2015JENK02 (Guy in Black shirt)

3x3 NATIONAL RECORD SINGLE (6.60)

ONE-HANDED NATIONAL RECORD SINGLE (11.84) AND AVERAGE (14.81)

 

 

a few short words from Oliver

My name is Oliver Jenks, I started Speedcubing in June 2014.

 Favourite event?

Initially I only practiced regular Two-Handed solving for the first 2 years or so, but after Achieving my long time goal of getting the National Record, my main focus has been on One-Handed Solving (OH). OH has the added difficulty of only being able to use One hand to solve the cube, a challenge I enjoy.  And after getting the national record single (11.84) whilst on the Latin America Cubing Tour in Colombia, its safe to say I have a lot of motivation to improve further at this event.

What are your goals, cubing and otherwise?

My main Cubing Goal is to be the National Champion for OH in 2017 and become top 100 in the world for OH. My other Cubing goals are to try to grow Speedcubing in the South Island, by way of Christchurch Speedcubers, an organisation I help run to achieve this goal.  I also want to attend a competition in every continent (Antartica may be a little hard). As the Managing Director of Speedcube.co.nz, a lot of my life revolves around Speedcubing, so I am excited to see where the sport goes in the future.

 

TIM XIE 2015XIET01 

A few short words from Tim

 Hi everyone! My name is Tim Xie I am and I started Cubing in September 2015.

Favorite Event?

My favourite event that I practise the most is 2x2 followed by Square-1. I currently hold the NR average for 2x2 average and I have a 0.68 single. I really like 2x2 because it’s such a fun event to practise.

What are your goals, cubing and otherwise?

For the Goals - My goal ever since I started Cubing was to get a world record, I didn’t know what back then but now it would definitely be 2x2 average. Also, if I can, I would aim for world class in Square-1, because it is such a wonderful puzzle and the only shape-shifting puzzle in WCA events.