Rowan, I don’t mean to be rude, and I really don’t want it to sound like I am trying to attack you. I look forward to meeting you in NZ, and after having seen you around these forums for so long and reading what you have to say, I greatly look forward to meeting you.
That being said, I really think you are being a bit of a baby about this, and the fact that you are looking for special treatment for any reason seems a bit absurd. I understand that for the most part at any unicon, it is going to be the rich elite who make it to these events. That is the way the world works these days, and until we have a worldwide communist led government it will continue to work that way.
You have an incredible opportunity, and now you are complaining about it.
There will always be financial problems, there are tons of other groups, clubs, associations and teams a like that will never see this unicon and probably many unicons to come because of financial difficulties, especially considering the state of the current economy.
Look at the Chinese teams who haven’t been able to attend unicons for quite a while. This is a whole country’s worth of competitors, some who have been training seriously for quite a long time, who can’t go. Or from my neck of the woods, Canadians who because of a population so spread out, can’t easily organize well enough to support any kind of team, let alone fund one.
There will always be ways for people to get to these events, and I think that Nathan’s example of Zack’s efforts is a prime example of this. Someone who couldn’t afford to go on his own, did all he could to afford to do so, and as far as I know didn’t get any special treatment from Unicon.
Find sponsors, do community work with your team, push for community support, camp out, there are lots of great ways to get you and your team competing at the events, to save money and to enjoy yourselves, but to ask for special treatment seems a little selfish, when there are countless other people out there who are just as deserving.
Sorry if that rant was a little rude, but I hope you can understand where I’m coming from with it.