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World Records from Australia

27 January 2016 by News Desk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is more to Australia than jobs, good weather and sunny beaches – it’s also a country of record-breakers.

To celebrate this weeks’ Australia Day here’s a few world records won Down Under in 2015, according to Guinness World Records.

Largest surfing lesson (single venue) – In December, retailer RedBalloon staged the world’s largest surfing lesson, with participants dressed up as Santa Claus. 320 surfers took part in the 30 minute lesson on Bondi Beach to gain a new World Record.

Most wool sheared from a sheep (single shearing) – On 3 Sept 2015, a sheep in New South Wales was given a record-breaking haircut. It took 45 minutes to remove the world’s biggest fleece – at 41.10 kg it was eight times larger than average.

Fastest ball bowled in a Test match – Australia’s Mitchell Starc delivered a ball at 160.4 km/h (99.66 mph) during a Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth, Australia, on 15 Nov 2015.

Fastest tennis ball caught – Also in celebration of GWR Day 2015, Anthony Kelly caught the world’s fastest tennis ball in Sydney, New South Wales. The ball reached a speed of 192.9 kmh (119.86 mph).

First human head re-attached – In Oct 2015, 16-month-old Jaxon Tylor became the first person to have his head re-attached following a car accident. The operation was carried out at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia by Dr Geoffry Askin and a 20-strong medical staff.

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