Ghanaian-American teen wins Ghana’s first unicycling medals

Trey Haun, 15 year-old, has become the first Ghanaian to ever win a medal at the Unicycling Convention 20 (UNICON) and World Championship, clinching the historic title in the face of a cheering crowd.

According to William Haun, Trey’s father, “Trey first came to Ghana at age 1 & has now been a resident for over 8 years straight.

Most int’l athletic competitions let participants represent their birth country or their country of residence. Trey chose to represent Ghana as it has been home for half his life,” he said in a tweet.

William made his son’s victory public through multiple tweets that has been retweeted and liked thousands of times online.

Trey (sometimes called Roger) won two medals at the UNICON 20 competition: a silver (2nd) in the 30m Wheel Walk Race (15-16yr Male) and bronze in the 50m One-Wheel Race (15-16yr Male).

The convention represents the biggest unicycling gathering, and each time, 1500 to 2000 participants come for a period of 12 days.

The sport is a very diverse sport, and Unicon 20 hosted this year is holding 37 different disciplines, ranging from races to freestyle, urban unicycling, jumps, mountain unicycling and team sports.

William is a professional photographer and videographer and has taken advantage of his skills to share his son’s story in pictures and videos that has sparked a lot of conversation online, particularly in Ghana.

“We live in Nalerigu and will be presenting the medals to Naa Bɔhagu Abdulai Mahami Sherifa, Overlord of Mamprugu. He is the one who named my son “Manboora” and gave me the title “Sulimiisina’akyinaaba,” he tweeted in another post.

William also made a short documentary about his son which he tweeted as a guide “for those curious, here is more background on this unicyclist from #Ghana 🇬🇭 North East Region”

According to the Haun’s family website, they are serving as career missionaries with the International Mission Board(IMB) in Ghana, and have been using their platforms to call for donations and support.

The Haun family, from right: William, Heidi, Trey and Kj

The family has been putting up amulti-faceted ministry in Northern Ghana – running the gamut of medical care, volunteer coordinating, pastoral ministry, discipleship, and personal evangelism. However, our priority is always to make Christ’s name known to the peoples of northern Ghana.”

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