Jousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival
In this series of blogs, every week, we feature the wonderful jousters competing at this year’s festival. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants, a little about their background, skill and abilities. Keep posted!
Name: Justin Holland
Motto: Invictus in Animo (Unconquered in Spirit)
Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( three white Fleur de Lys on a red field)
Did you know? Justin is one of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting in Australia, and has been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, as well as New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland.
Justin was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012.
Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW
And there’s more…. Justin has a B.A. Hons in Classical Studies and Latin. He is one of only six people to have jousted in Tasmania, and the first! He personally floated two horses to the Abbey Tournament in 2013 from Ballarat, Victoria….a round trip of 4000km! He has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times!
Career highlights: Abbey Medieval Festival Jouster champion 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Champion Jouster of Castle Gniew, Poland 2010
So, if you would like to see Justin, and other amazing Jousters at this year’s festival, click here to get your tickets !