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

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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