• Short Summary

    POLE-VAULTERS FROM ALL OVER HOLLAND CONVERGED ON WINSUM, TO TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL CANAL VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

  • Description

    POLE-VAULTERS FROM ALL OVER HOLLAND CONVERGED ON WINSUM, TO TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL CANAL VAULTING CHAMPIONSHIPS. THIS WAS A POLE-VAULT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A PENALTY -- THOSE WHO DID NOT MAKE THE DISTANCE GOT A SOAKING BY FALLING INTO A CANAL.

    VAULTING OVER CANALS IS AN OLD REGIONAL CUSTOM IN WINSUM, AND IT'S SAID TO STEM FROM THE DAYS WHEN DAYS WHEN THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD OF GATHERING EGGS LAID BY WANDERING HENS WAS TO LEAP OFF IN SEARCH OF THEM.

    AS THE EGGS WERE LAID HAPHAZARDLY ON EITHER SIDE OF CANALS POLE-VAULTING CAME INTO USE AS THE BEST METHOD OF CROSSING THE CANAL -- SHORT OF ACTUALLY WALKING TO THE NEAREST BRIDGE OR SWIMMING.

    THE CHILDREN OF WINSUM STILL TURN OUT TO POLE-VAULT THEIR WAY UP AND DOWN THE CANALS AS THEY SEARCH FOR EGGS IN THE SPRINGTIME, BUT THE SPORT HAS MAINLY DIED OUT AMONG ADULTS. THEY GET THEIR EGGS IN THE SUPERMARKET.

    BUT THERE ARE STILL DEVOTEES LEFT. IT WAS THEY WHO ENTERED THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. SOME OF THEM MADE EXTRAORDINARY JUMPS, OTHERS MADE ORDINARY. JUMPS AND OTHERS GOT SOAKED.

    AT THE END OF IT THE CHAMPION WAS NAMED AS MR SPAN, WHO IS 27-YEARS-OLD. HE VAULTED A DISTANCE OF 17.09 METRES (52 FEET). THE LADIES CHAMPION WAS KLASKE ROSIER AND THE JUNIOR EVENT WAS WON BY A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY CALLED KAN SELAAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5YZ9OLW6YZQVKWWAA3BITK08P
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YZ9OLW6YZQVKWWAA3BITK08P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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