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Puffing peas is serious sport

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 01:01

July 15 - The annual World Pea Shooting Championships take place in the small English village of Witcham. Elly Park reports.

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A small village in rural England has turned the school playground game of pea shooting into an international event. The village of Witcham has held the World Pea Shooting Championships since 1971 and for those unfamiliar with the sport, here's a sum up. SOUNDBITE: Jim Collins, Competitor, saying (English) "Twelve feet away from a putty target, there's three wins on the target each with different scores and it's the highest score wins from five peas." Years ago, locals started the event to raise money for their village hall. While from humble beginnings, the competition has become so fierce that nowadays participants use latest technology such as a laser guides to get ahead. But pea shooting judge Percy Walker says, it all comes down to one thing in the end. SOUNDBITE: Percy Walker, Pea Shooting Judge, saying (English) "You have to have plenty of puff." And this year, defending champion and local resident Rob Bresler was the man with the most puff.

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Puffing peas is serious sport

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 01:01

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