Makkum (NL) – Andries Smink, holder of the Dutch national record for Egg throwing, and the talented Chris Kooistra will represent The Netherlands at the 6th World Egg Throwing Championships at Swaton, England on June 26th.
In view of their previous results and extensive training regime they believe they stand a good chance of bringing home to Holland the title of “World Champions”.
Smink and Kooistra are looking forward to the challenge in England. Andries says that “Of course, whilst it’s nice to be the best of this region we have no idea where we stand internationally but as the official Dutch participants this gives us the opportunity to find out”. However, the teams quiet sportsmanship is somewhat belied by the fact that that the distance thrown by Andries and his brother (and regular partner) Bauke-Jetze Smink do not fall out of place with the recorded performances of World Champions in previous years. Indeed the proven abilities of the Dutch pair led to the Dutch delegations special invitation to Swaton by the World Egg Throwing Federation.
Smink and Kooistra will be accompanied by their coach Willem Rienstra along with team manager Jacques Hoogenboom, the Secretary of the Dutch Egg Throwing Federation.
When the team returns to Makkum, The Netherlands on June 27th, they will have just two weeks to prepare for the Dutch National Open Egg Throwing Championships on the 9th of July. This event is hosted by Makkum’s town centre and will involve 4 disciplines:
Distance egg throwing,
Static Eggstafette (or "Static Egg Relay"),
Russian Egg Roulette
The Dutch National Open games are played to World Egg Throwing Federation rules and to ensure fair play the Dutch Federation has invited World Egg Throwing Federation President Andy Dunlop to act as Chief Umpire. Andy says that “This is a great honour, but more importantly it shows that the ancient sport of Egg Throwing knows no national boundary and drawing together world class athletes in pursuit of excellence”
A British team is also hard at working training for the trebuchet competition.
Participants can still enter the Dutch Open through their website www.eiwerpen.nl.
Notes for editors:
Additional images of the participants or otherwise can obtained by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Jetze Genee : +31 6 29 530 749
Willem Rienstra: +31 6 51 051 997
Andy Dunlop 07900 26 78 70