Stage set for world gumboot throwing championships

Throwers from around the world are in Taihape to compete for the converted gold medal in gumboot throwing.
Throwers from around the world are in Taihape to compete for the converted gold medal in gumboot throwing. Photo credit: Supplied

Gumboot throwers from across the world have descended on Taihape for the annual Skellerup World Boot-Throwing Championships.

The event is being held on Saturday and Sunday at the town's Memorial Park, and has attracted 100 throwers.

International Boot-Throwing Association president Elizabeth Mortland said competitors range in ages from 10 to 91, and have come from far and wide in their quest for gumboot throwing glory.

"Throwers from Finland, Germany, Scotland, the Netherlands, USA, Tonga and New Zealand will be throwing for a gold medal."

The first event on Saturday is the youth category, followed by the qualifying round for the Open Men, then the Open Women and finally the Open Men final.

Sunday competitions include the age groups 35-91 years. 

Artist Otis Frizzell tried his hand at gumboot throwing in Taihape recently.
Artist Otis Frizzell tried his hand at gumboot throwing in Taihape recently. Photo credit: Supplied

 

Teams events will be held on Sunday afternoon, while the New Zealand versus Germany team event will finish the weekend.

The opening of the annual Skellerup World Boot-Throwing Championships were opened at 10:30am on Saturday.

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