Kiwi duo heads to world egg throwing championships
Having "soft hands" is the secret to catching a record beating egg, 18-year-old Robbie Hollander claims.
The Dairy Flat egg catcher should know - he and his cousin Nick Hornstien, of Christchurch, have just poached the national title.
With an incr-egg-ible throw and catch of 63 metres, the duo cracked the competition at this year's Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, and are off to the UK this week to take on the world.
This year's games were Robbie's third year entering the games, but his first taking out the event.
News of his mighty feat spread quickly at Orewa College, where he is a year 13 student.
The teachers haven't passed up an opportunity to shell out puns to the national champ.
"Ms Ellison had an egg in class and threw it straight at me, and made a corny joke," Robbie said.
"Teachers have been asking me if it's serious, and all of my friends are taking the piss out of me, but yeah, I'm going to England."
But it almost wasn't so.
Having won the title, the duo was invited to compete in the world champs at Swaton, the international home of egg throwing and catching.
Needing to fund the flights themselves, the duo hatched a plan to come up with the money, creating a Givealittle page.
They achieved moderate success, but it wasn't enough.
That's where Williment Travel, founded by former All Black Mick Williment, stepped up, sponsoring the duo with the remainder of the money.
"Supporting local Kiwi sports is important to both us and the community, and we anticipate their deft skills to be eggs-ceptional," general manager Adair Cameron said.
Robbie hasn't let the title ruffle his feathers, and stays grounded despite his success.
"You see people beating world records, but you don't take it into perspective," he said.
"For a sport like rugby, being the world's best is quite a serious thing, but for egg throwers and catchers, I'm not sure."
The 12th World Egg Throwing Championships is on 25 June, and the Kiwi duo plan to bring home the title - if they don't crack under the pressure, that is.
- Rodney Times