New Canine Performance Venue?

August 27, 2008 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

This just in from Cellular News UK:

A Finn, two Estonians – and a dog took prizes in the ninth annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships held this year in the Estonian town of Narva. This was the first time the contest was held outside Finland. The Estonians dominated the results, with Timmo Lilium winning the men’s category with a throw of 85 meters and Valeria Kadorova taking the women’s category with a throw of 41 meters.

A twelve year old from Finland, Riku Kankkunen won the children’s category with a throw of 55 meters.

In the freestyle category – a dog named Cara took the top prize after spitting out a phone a distance of 30 centimeters, in a category where only style matters. Cara got full points from the judges.

The results of the tournament are posted here on the group’s website.  They’ve also published a history of cellphone throwing – in English (sort of) – where it explains the spirit and genesis of the sport:

Mobile phone is an essential part of us that connects us to nearly anywhere in the world but when you most need it the battery runs out or your sweetheart doesn’t answer or some one doesn’t return your call. Hope, anticipation, passion and frustration concentrates on mobile phone.

The joys of the sport: 

“Mobile Phone Throwing, the only sport where you can pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by these modern equipments”

And points out the practical nature of the Finns:

“Local recycling center was a partner and they collected all the toxic waste and people could also buy a new mobile phone at the Championships.”

So, if I can train my dogs to throw cellphones – who’ll pony up the airfare to send us to Punkaharju, Finnland next August?

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