State of Origin Streaker Jailed

Wati Holmwood, the streaker at the 3rd 2013 State of Origin game in Sydney, has been jailed for 3 months. Brisbane Times reports:

The New Zealand-born Holmwood, 33, had already pleaded guilty to running on to the playing surface in nothing but shoes during the final moments of the Origin decider on July 17 in front.

Magistrate Christopher Longley on Thursday sentenced Holmwood to three months’ jail for two good behaviour bond breaches and fined him $2000 over the incident…

A warrant had to be issued for his arrest last week after the Tempe man failed to show up to court to be sentenced.

The story says he refused to give his name to police when he was first arrested and they only found out who he was after they recognized him from a previous streaking incident.

While waiting for one of his court appearances in August, Holmwood told a reporter from his native New Zealand indicated he is interested in a code-switch.

“I’d like to do an All Blacks Test one day,” he told the reporter.

Ad: Tiny Streaker

This is an ad for UK TV Freeview featuring a very small streaker with a huge beard. The ad was created for the 2010 World Cup and was supposed to promote HD TV – which would help you to see any tiny streakers that turned up.

State Of Origin Streaker 2013

With two minutes and ten seconds left on the clock, a streaker interrupted the third and final State of Origin rugby league game in Sydney. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

After hurdling the fence, the advertising hoardings and evading numerous security guards and the players, he ran 95 metres upfield. He fell flat on his face, a result of exhaustion and, presumably alcohol.

It is understood that the trespasser greased his body with vaseline-like substance making it difficult for him to be tackled by authorities.

Wati Holmwood, 33, was taken to Auburn Police Station and questioned by police. It is understood that he did not co-operate with officers during the interview.

He was charged with wilful and obscene exposure, and enter or remain on a playing field without authorisation. He is due to appear in Burwood Local Court on August 6.

His pitch invasion caused confusion on the field with Queensland players scoring a try that was later disallowed due to the interference of the streaker. Queensland went on to win the match and the series.

This is the second streak that Holmwood has done. He was arrested for streaking at a football match at Allianz Stadium in 2011.

Apparently numerous Facebook pages have been set up to gather money to pay his fines. Judging from the laughter in the above Youtube clip – and by the TV commentators – many thought his streak was funny, though some are upset that he interrupted the match and may have changed the course of the game.

*I’ve just appeared on ABC Radio Gold Coast talking about this streaker. Hello to everyone who is here for the first time.

Update
Origin streaker Wati Holmwood achieves hero status on social media

Police have branded the actions of a serial streaker who interrupted the dying moments of Wednesday night’s Origin decider as ‘‘idiotic and senseless’’, but Wati Holmwood has emerged as an unlikely hero on social media following his 90-metre nude dash.
The tubby 33-year-old from Tempe is being described online variously as a ‘‘legend’’ and a hero who ‘‘deserves a medal’’ after he hurdled the fence at ANZ Stadium and sprinted nearly the length of the field before falling over in front of the goal posts, where he was pounced upon by security.

At least eight Facebook pages have been set up dedicated to the serial streaker, including one page with more than 18,000 followers who are being encouraged to donate money to pay for his expected $5500 fine.

‘‘You can donate 5c, $1 or how ever much you want,’’ the page says.

Dozens of memes also have been posted online, including one in which Holmwood is shown streaking across the finishing line of a 100-metre sprint in front of Usain Bolt.

But police, and some Origin players, are less than impressed with his actions.

“No one wants to see a grown man running around naked at a footy match and this man can expect to not only feel the wrath of the crowd but also a magistrate,’’ said Chief Superintendent Peter Gillam, who was in charge of the police operation at ANZ Stadium.

 


Pics from News.com.au

News Ltd interviews streaker, takes pics of him leaving the station:

Origin streaker Wati Holmwood says he’s ‘sorry’ before embarking on a 10km walk of shame to get home

WATI Holmwood, the unsightly 33-year-old streaker who last night sprinted over 100m across the ANZ Stadium turf and condemned the 2013 State of Origin series to a chaotic, farcical conclusion, has spoken out.

He’s also sore and scared.

Still wearing the sports shoes that were beamed live to a global audience in the hundreds of millions, Mr Holmwood appeared dazed and confused as he spoke to The Daily Telegraph after discharging himself – against medical advice – from Auburn hospital early yesterday morning.

Thankfully he had since found a singlet and shorts to cover his now infamous body and held his hands to his head as he uttered a very simple five-letter word.

“I’m sorry, I apologise about what happened, am I in trouble now?”

“It all happened so quickly, I don’t know what was going through my head,” he said.”I just wanted to make it interesting but I stuffed up Origin. A lot of people hate me now.”

Origin streaker’s family defends ‘nice guy’ – SMH

The Holmwood family was sitting in front of the television watching the Origin showdown at their Kogarah home when, in the game’s dying minutes, they saw a big, bald, naked man streak across their screen in nothing but a pair of joggers.

Straight away they knew it was cousin Wati, up to his old tricks again.

‘‘As soon as I saw the bald head and dark-coloured skin, I knew that it was him. I just laughed,’’ said Wati’s cousin Ebony-Rose Holmwood on Thursday morning.

‘‘I’m not sure why he did it. We just all found it quite hilarious.’’

The 33-year-old from Tempe had not warned his family that he was planning to make an unforgettable entrance onto one of Australian sport’s biggest stages. They might have averted their eyes if he had.

…‘‘I knew he did it for the first time in 2011. That all shocked us,’’ she said, referring to Wati’s previous streak at Allianz Stadium when he interrupted a finals clash between the Wests Tigers and the New Zealand Warriors.

‘‘He’s actually a nice guy, to be honest. He’s quite mellow, the quiet one, someone you can have a nice chat to. I think that’s why it shocked us [after his first streak]. He’s not the type of person you would think to see out there.

‘‘We always had a giggle about it after the first time, and kind of made fun of it.’’

More news articles

State of Origin streaker spoils decider. – SMH

Giant, hairless streaker interrupts Australia’s biggest rugby match – Deadspin

Streaker charged with wilful and obscene exposure after Origin run – The Australian

State of Origin streaker: ‘Am I in trouble now?’ – The Guardian Australia

 

Here’s the most-liked Facebook page

The Streaker At The Oscars

Here’s the famous moment at the 1974 Oscars when a streaker ran behind David Niven. LINK (alas, Youtube won’t let me embed it)

The great actor wasn’t ruffled, making a witty comment about the streaker’s shortcomings.

Long Time Between Streakers

Alas, it’s been a while since I updated the Streakerama site. I’ve now upgraded the blog and messed with the theme. Will see if I can add a few more youtube clips while I’m at it.

TV Show Seeks Streakers

I have been contact by a TV show producer looking for streakers to interview for the program. She writes:

My name is Michele and I am a casting producer for a medical series on TLC called “Strange Sex.” The series, now entering its second season, highlights unusual sexual conditions and lifestyles, with a goal of educating the viewer and shedding light on a little understood, real-life condition or situation. We know that topics we explore might be shared among members of our audience who’d appreciate the subjects being brought to light, and the erasing of any misconceptions or myths.

As we gear up for our new season, we are looking at a number of topics to explore in our episodes, among them, exhibitionism or streaking.

We would like to locate a person who is either currently a streaker or used to be in the past. We are looking for someone who lives in the United States. We’d like to speak to them about appearing in our program, since our goal is to provide context for the person’s story and education to our viewers. We tell the story in a respectful and sensitive manner. We don’t even have a narrator for this show — the stories are told in the words of the people who have gone through the experience.

Contact:
Michele Spinak
Sirens Media
office: 301-920-9860
cell: 301-792-9784
fax: 301-920-9880

Australian Open Streaker

The Williams sisters giggle at the streaker
Poor old Streakerama. This site has been dreadfully neglected for months. Thankfully a man without pants at the Australian Open has prompted me to add a long-overdue post.

Streaker interrupts match at Australian Open – AFP

Serena Williams couldn’t believe what she was seeing. A nearly naked man had just run on court while she and sister Venus were playing doubles at the Australian Open, prancing around before being arrested.

“I just thought, my eyes, my innocent eyes,” Williams said Saturday, still chuckling at the memory…

The man, wearing only a shirt, jumped onto the court, sprinted across the sidelines and made several dance moves.

“First, I saw him jump over and then I noticed he didn’t have underwear on,” Williams said after her third-round singles victory over China’s Peng Shuai. “I thought, `OK, I must be seeing things.’

“He ran out on the court. I was thinking, `I hope he doesn’t come,’ because he was pretty close to me and V. I was like, `I hope he doesn’t come, he’s too close.’ Then I thought, `This is crazy.’ Doesn’t really happen too much.”

As he headed toward an exit, the man was met by security guards, arrested and banned for the event. He was not immediately identified.

Australian Open officials said the streaker was on the court for 14 seconds.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a pic of the streaker himself. Here’s a quick video:


Also, check out this piece about streakers being tolerated in Queenstown: What’s so wrong with being naked?

The Prince Charles Polo Match Streaker

Three streakers made waves at an Australia-England polo match attended by Prince Charles on the 26th July. BBC reports that the three emerged nude from the grandstand toward the end of the match, with one being chased by security guards and getting away.

25,000 people attended the match. Charles watched the whole thing from the royal box. England went on to win.

England team captain Luke Tomlinson later said it was not the first time he had played in a match interrupted by naked intruders.

“You are so focused on the game you hardly notice. It brings a bit of humour in and the crowd seem to enjoy it,” he said.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the club said: “I think it is the hot weather and the Pimms to blame. These things happen.”

Now that’s the kind of laid back attitude from authorities that we like to see. Pimms is obviously the thing to be drinking when naked lunatics make an appearance.

Here’s a Youtube clip from the Sunrise show here in Australia, including the usual crap comments from the hosts.


Mark Roberts At The World Snooker Championships

Mark Roberts at the World Snooker Championships
The Daily Telegraph reports that Mark Roberts did a streak at the World Snooker Championships final in Sheffield. As you can see, he had some sponsorship for the streak. Looks like he’s back in business after a long break.

It also has a pic of a female streaker from the FA Women’s Cup final. She has posted a link to her Myspace page on the article – her name is Tashy and she’s very proud of her run by the looks of it.