Mad Paddling – 5

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.


Today there are over 80 different events for teams and individuals to enter and these races take place over 10 days in the summer. Some events such as baseball kayaking, Frisbee canoeing, and soccer ball surfboarding have been tried but were either too difficult or never caught on with enough people to be a success.

The most successful team has been Joaquin Torres’ own Bilbao Pelota team who won the 1-mile Pelota canoe race for 21 straight years between 1976 and 1996. Their record time was 32 minutes exactly in 1987. The Cairns cricket team has won over 60 events at various Hobart regattas during its history making them the most successful club.


Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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