by: Sam Ferris
There is no denying that all of us at some point wish we could throw our mobile phones out the window, down the stairs, under a car etc. Well now you can! At the UK Mobile Phone Throwing Championships! All in the aid of charity, this contest is held at the Battersea Park Athletics Track and has already been happening since the turn of the millennium in Finland.
Competitors are encouraged to bring any old mobiles they may have to be recycled. The phones that competitors actually throw are provided on the night.
With an estimated 75 million mobile phones gathering dust in drawers and cupboards across the UK, they would stretch the entire length of the Great Wall of China, nearly 5 times over! These phones will either be recycled for their materials or made as donations to poorer countries.
Officially there are two categories in the Mobile Phone Throwing. Traditional style of over the shoulder throwing, where the length of the throw is crucial, or Freestyle where points from 4 to 10 are given for aesthetics and creative choreographics.
The contestant with the highest points in both categories wins.
Mobile Phone Throwing is a light and modern Finnish sport that suits people of all ages.
Combining the recycling philosophy and fun spirit in active sport. A part of the philosophy is also a spiritual feel and the rare freedom from being available all the time in this modern world.
Mobile Phone Throwing became a hit when first arranged in year 2000 in Savonlinna.
The original organizer was a translation and interpretation company Fennolingua. Its multinational personnel had many carnival spirited athletes who threw away their frustrations along with their mobile phones.
The local recycling centre was a partner and they collected all the toxic waste after the contest. People could also buy a new mobile phone at the Championships. Ironically, the first prize was of course a new mobile phone! International media and wannabe throwers were immediately very interested and every year the Championships gather a wide range of nationalities to Savonlinna to throw the mobile phones or to watch the fun of the championships.
The next Mobile Phone throwing championship held in the UK is in August at Battersea Park, costing just £5 to enter, from 1 to 5pm.
Sources = whatsonwhen. com and savonlinnafestivals. com
About The Author
My name is Sam Ferris and I have been interested in the mobile phone industry for about 10 years now. Please visit http://www.mobilephoneinsurancedirect.com/ for more information.