Published on May 1st, 2012 | by Adrian Simpson
Top Bombing! – The World Water Bombing Championships
We live in a society that has decided fat is bad, we somehow link fat peoples' inability to stop stuffing food into their mouths as a clear indication of weak character and questionable judgment. However, larger people have their uses and can contribute as usefully to our lives as much as the next person. Policemen, bouncers, Father Christmas’s and Hip Hop artists are invariably much more successful the fatter they are, and all have brought great joy and meaning to our lives. Their size gives them a bearing and sometimes menace that thin people can only dream of, but what about sport? How can your average fatty achieve sporting success not just in spite of their addiction to food but because of it? Well, wonder no longer, stick another pasty in your mouth, undo your belt even more and welcome to the World Water Bombing Championships
This Time it’s Serious
Yes, this is exactly the same activity that you and your friends used to get up to back in the day when you had about 10 minutes left in the pool and didn’t mind getting chucked out, only this time it’s serious. This Wednesday May 2nd sees the 8th annual Water Bombing Championships at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. It was originally dreamt up as a way of raising money for the Macmillan Trust and now 8 years later is a prime date in the British Sporting Calendar. It started off as teams from just South Yorkshire but now there will be teams from as far afield as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Swimming in Fancy Dress
Each team is tasked with raising a minimum of £300 for the charity and prizes are awarded for best water bombing team, best team member and most stylish entry. All teams must wear fancy dress and you’re reminded that all competitors must be able to swim in fancy dress – good luck testing that one out at the local pool. And most importantly all competitors are eligible for a pie and peas supper after the event. How Northern and Water Bomberish.
If you don’t fancy taking part then spectators are welcome and for a measly £2 you’ll almost certainly enjoy the best live entertainment you’ll have seen in weeks, and if you’re in any doubt the larger people can be winners too just check out the attached film. Weighing as much as a small house but with the technique of a seasoned water bomber; George Perkins we salute you.