Kai chosen as Queens Mouse Guard
NOT many children can grow up and dream of becoming a king with the possibility of it coming true.
Warwick Central State School pupil 11-year-old Kai Page has been a part of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) since he was six-months-old.
He is on his way of his dream of becoming King of the Lochac (Australia and New Zealand) after he was selected by the Queen to become a Queens Mouse Guard and received a pendant.
“It was surprising to get the award, I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Kai said.
It is an international organisation dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.
Kai, along with his parents Donna and Darin, are members of the Warwick chapter known as The House of Stegby, which recently attended the Great Northern War event at Samford Valley.
“I love everything about it – just being not modern, playing with friends in the SCA and the food,” Kai said. “I feel lucky and proud I get to have this experience – most kids would usually grow up with Scouts.”
The event, held each year, has SCA members from all over Australia in attendance who live and play as closely to a recreation of the Middle Ages as possible.
The SCA has a full hierarchy with a King and Queen where they experience Court, reflecting the times they are playing.
Throughout the weekend there were various fighting tournaments, such as archery, fencing and sword fighting along with many arts and craft classes.
Along with Kai’s award, which he was honoured with for being respectful, honourable and chivalrous, Suzanne Usher, known as Lady Merewen of Twynham, received an Award of Arms.
Warwick member Belinda Ostwald said this was an award for recognition of work done within the SCA and was the first of the Warwick chapter to receive the award. “We all had a fantastic weekend of fighting, feasting and socialising as would have been done in the Middle Ages,” she said.
Mrs Page said it was not often a child was recognised with the award Kai received and they were both very proud.
“She has been Queen for about six months and Kai was the only one she has picked for the honour,” Mrs Page said.
Mrs Page said, at the event, they don’t see modern times and live completely in pre-16 Century times.
“It’s completely out of time and completely out of place but we love it,” she said with a smile.
Find out more about the Society for Creative Anachronism by contacting 46613054.
It is a family group and new members are most welcome.