The World Wellington Boot-Throwing Championships is an event like no other. This year’s Championships was the 9th and organiser Sue White is already looking forward to the 10th anniversary next year. If the crowds then are as big and as good-humoured as this year’s it will be a success and everyone will have fun.
Alongside the throwing classes for children, U16s, adults, over 60’s, disabled competitors and teams there was a very popular Dog Show organised by SOS Romanian Rescues South West with lots of prizes and rosettes for proud owners and their pets. There was also archery, Wellington Majorettes, representatives from local groups and organisations and food and drink stalls to keep everyone fed and well-watered. The Vintage Inn put on its celebrated hog roast – reduced to a carcass long before the end – and Wellington’s Carnival Royalty – Queen and Princesses – were on hand to hand out trophies and medals to class winners.
The Minions turned up too and even tried a bit of throwing although which class they were eligible for is not certain. They were both much better at having their photos taken.
Despite the weather being ‘varied’ – there were three seasons represented in a single afternoon – organiser Sue White was very pleased with the public’s response. She said, “The crowds here are very good, everyone seems to be happy and good-humoured. It seems to be going well.” And the whole event did go very well. Sue White was presented with a bunch of flowers at the end and the success of the Championships is largely due to her enthusiasm and organisation.
“I would like to thank the committee, the various organisations who joined us this year, the competitors, visitors and all the volunteers, especially my family and their friends, for helping us make this another successful event. We look forward to seeing you all next year to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary on 8 September 2018!”” Sue said.
This is a unique and quirky event that deserves to be celebrated in the town. Wellington boot-throwing may never be included in the list of Olympic sports but this World Championships provided an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Six & under boys and girls (a medal a throw sponsored by Wellington Weekly News): boys – Michael Cunningham ~ 13m; girls – Holly Allen – 11.8m. Ten & under boys (sponsored by Wilkie May & Tuckwood) – Benny Watts ~ 28.6m. Ten & under girls (sponsored by Wilkie May & Tuckwood) – Olivia Millett ~ 14.9m. Sixteen & under boys (sponsored by Wellington Newsagents) – Joe Thorne~ 29m. Sixteen & under girls (sponsored by Nurtured by Nature) – Poppy Hutchings ~ 18.1m. Adult male (sponsored by Gibbins Richards) – Geoff Armstrong~ 32.6m. Adult female (sponsored by The Hair Lounge) – Andi Rickard ~ 20.8m. Disabled male & female (sponsored by the Wellington Cobbler) – Adrian Besley ~ 17.4m. Over 60’s (sponsored by H Hill & Sons Ltd) – Mike Feesey ~ 23m. Team (sponsored by Wellington Boots) – George Street Wannabe ~ 120.7m.