Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
On April 1st in Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Mr Vladimir Jurcik of Hectorville will attempt to break the world record for maximum sit-ups completed in one hour. A proud Australian citizen and Czech by birth, at the age of 60 years Vlad has much to prove. Fifteen years ago, Vlad's life took a dramatic turn after he received a serious brain injury during an assault. He rebuilt his life slowly after emerging from a coma and has proved to many that with strength of spirit, character and discipline a person with an acquired brain injury can successfully build a new life and live it to its fullest. Vlad's dedication to his own rehabilitation combined with his public commitment to raising awareness for people who are living with brain injury have inspired Friday's world record effort.

Another life changing side-effect of the assault Vlad suffered was hearing loss. For five years now, Vlad has been accompanied everywhere he goes by Roxy, a Lions-trained Terrier-cross who functions as Vlad's ears. Unfortunately, while guide dogs for the vision impaired are widely understood and recognised, hearing dogs are not- partly because they are not as immediately identifiable as Labradors are for the blind.

Through lack of public awareness for hearing dogs rights, Vlad and Roxy have been rejected by cafes, restaurants, and many other services including access to public transport. Vlad hopes that through becoming a world-record holder, he will be able to improve this situation while inspiring others to strive for greatness. He will also remind the public that people with disabilities are capable of world-beating accomplishments. The current record is held by American Jim Clark, who completed 2201 sit-ups in an hour in 2008. Vlad has already proven his readiness for breaking this record, unofficially completing 2356 situps in 1 hour in March 2011. He now plans to repeat the performance and have his attempt verified and accepted into the Guinness Book of World Records.


Vlad has secured a busking license to perform his record-beating attempt beside the popular pig sculptures outside Citi-Cross arcade in Rundle Mall, Adelaide on April 1st, 2011. Vladimir, his friends and supporters will be accompanied by Dan Monceaux and Emma Sterling of local video production company Danimations Pty Ltd, who will be recording the event. The pair are currently producing an independent documentary film based on Vlad's life and experiences.

The event will run as follows:
  • 12 noon – Meeting at the pig sculptures in Rundle Mall (Citicross Arcade)
  • 12.15 pm – Opening speeches and introduction
  • 12.30 pm – Vlad's sit-ups commence
  • 1.30 pm – Vlad's 'maximum situps in one hour' world record challenge is recorded
  • 2.00 pm – Vlad completes his total target of 3000 situps
Vlad and Roxy are available for interview and photo opportunities prior to and after his world-record attempt. Photographs can also be provided upon request.

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danimations pty. ltd.

Danimations is an Adelaide-based digital media production company who received numerous international awards in 2007 and 2008 with their short documentary film 'A Shift in Perception'. The film took an informal and artistic approach to expressing living with blindness. Danimations has also received SALA awards for their video art, and have received business development funding through the SA Government's Department of Trade & Economic Development in 2009-2010. An animation-based documentary film based on Vlad's life and experiences is currently in production.
Dan Monceaux
P: 0411039592
W: www.danimations.com.au


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