Sunday, 10 April 2011

The World Egg Throwing Federation
The World Egg Throwing Championships

The Federation is pleased to announce that it has again achieved first place in the Visit England “Where Else But England” awards

Following a tough regional and then national heats the World Egg Throwing Championships was voted into first place, for the 2nd year running, in a national poll by 10s of 1000s members of the public via a Sun newspaper and “Visit England” poll.

Narrowly beating off sticky and most eggcellent competition from the World Pooh Sticks Championship, the World Egg Throwing Championship has once again been declared to be England’s Quirkiest event.

John Deptford, Vice President of the egg-citing event and in charge of PR, stated that “This win once again shows that a rumdoodle of an event can and does show the best in England’s sporting prowess. Where other sports fail to shine Egg Throwing has consistently shown that this fine country can produce world beating athletes.”

He was able to support this claim by referring to the home nation’s football team loss 4:1 to Germany last year when English Egg Throwers took 4 of the 5 gold medals on the same day at Swaton.

He went on to say that despite the recognition of the voting public the home team was likely to face an uphill struggle this year with the Worlds best descending for the Championship in June. There is already confirmation that Americas best tossers and national champions have booked their place, along with a New Zealand team that have declared that they will beat the World Record distance by smashing the 1978 record of Johnny Dell Foley who successfully tossed a fresh hen's egg for a distance of 323 ft 2in (98.51m) to a Keith Thomas at Jewett in Texas.

In other news, the World Egg Throwing Federation is awaiting the Sports Council decision shortly upon its application to be officially recognised and thus pave the way for Egg Throwing to be entered into the 2012 London Olympics.

The games will be held at Swaton, Lincolnshire on Sunday June 26th 2011 and consist of 5 disciplines.
Throw and Catch
Static Relay
Target Throwing
Russian Egg Roulette
Egg Trebuchet

World Wide Interest
Whilst disappointed by Mr Clooney’s non-attendance in 2008, and indeed John Prescott’s in 2006, we were heartened to find that well over 1500 newspapers, radio stations and TV outlets covered the event in such diverse countries as Panama, Brazil, Peru and Latvia. This, in no particular hit order, drew interest in taking part in the World Games from the following top countries:
The United States, the UK, France, Canada, Sweden, China, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Belgium and Norway. We are aware that 36 TV companies carried footage of the event including BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ABC America along with French, Italian, German, Indian and Chinese broadcasters meaning that an estimated 4 billion people had the opportunity to see the games. Clips are available on the website, buts here is a taster.

Confirmed contestants from around the globe
We have invited, via their Embassies, all Countries to take part in the games. Responses have already been received from Sweden, Holland, Jamaica and Germany.
Whilst some Countries are still seeking out their best egg throwers to take part we can already confirm the attendance of the Dutch National Champions and The USA National Tossing Champions Their video is most excellent.

Alternative entertainment
The host, Swaton Vintage Day, has over 400 vintage vehicles on display. There will be terrier racing, dog agility demonstrations, archery, a ferret and chicken show, local musicians. Proper food and a real ale bar, stocked by Swaton’s own and most excellent micro brewery, with Happy Jack Ale

How to play
See for details of how to enter each game, how it’s played and how to make your own machine.

Gates open at 1030. Entrance fee is £4 per adult, School age children £2. Under school age Free. Games are free to enter except Target Throwing. Registration commences at 1100. Players are invited to enrol now to ensure a place, as there is an egg numbers limit.

Andy Dunlop
World President
World Egg Throwing Federation.
07900 26 78 70

Notes to editors.
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The WETF and Swaton Vintage Day are run entirely without profit to raise funds for local and national charitable good causes including the Red Cross, Leukaemia Research and Air Ambulance provision. No chickens will be hurt during the games. All eggs are stockpiled from local, happy and free-range sources. All eggs have been selected from those classified as not fit for consumption. Eggs may be at least 6 months old. Sponsors are being sought.

Rumdoodle: An event or happening that, despite the incompetence of all concerned, is a complete success.