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Competitive Boot Throwing

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Boot throwing has been a competitive sport in New Zealand for many years, although not one that is taken very seriously. Gumboots or "Wellington boots" are the heavy rubber boots worn by most farm workers and many other outdoor workers. A competition to see who can throw a gumboot the farthest is a feature of many Agricultural Field Days in the rural communities. The town of Taihape in the central North Island is particularly identified with this sport; they claim to be the Gum Boot Throwing Capital of New Zealand. They hold an annual competition in the main street and award a Golden Gumboot as the trophy; see Wellie wanging.

Since 2003 the sport has been practiced competitively in Eastern Europe. The 2004 World Championship Competition was won by Germany who is hosting the 2005 Competition at Döbeln. Teams were also expected from Australia and Russia. Boot throwing has been a popular sport in Finland since 1976 when the first Finnish Championships of boot throwing has been organized.

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