By Emme DeMilt
There are a lot of unusual sports in the world – I’m not talking about lacrosse or gymnastics. In this article, we will explore sports you’ve probably never heard of before. Maybe you will find a new athletic love!
Let’s start with Quidditch. A sport based on the beloved book series Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. Two teams of seven players each battle is out with a variety of volleyballs, dodgeballs, tennis balls, brooms, and hoops. A broom is placed in between your leg as you play this game, attempting to score as many points as possible before the snitch is caught. Created in 2005, this game is a magically good time.
Another weird sport is Dog Yoga, or Doga. It is when you hold your dog and put them in yoga positions. With acts of dog training, human yoga, meditation, gentle massage, and stretching Doga participants try to find a greater harmony with their dogs. How the dogs do downward dog or headstand hold? Not sure. But have fun doga-ing
There is another unusual sport including dogs where the humans aren’t involved. In dog surfing the dogs are trained to stand on surfboards, body boards, skim boards, windsurf boards, or they can body surf. They even compete. If you want a good laugh, you should watch one of their competitions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glj2bDN_RnI , especially if you love dogs! They are so adorable! You would be so surprised how funny it is. This sport has been occurring since the early 1920s. I wish I could experience this through a dog’s point of view.
Now for another really funny unusual sport, there’s a sport called Extreme Ironing. This is when people take ironing boards and irons and pieces of clothing to extreme locations like the top of a cliff or on a speeding boat and then iron their clothing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” Some examples of this are in this YouTube video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1y4rsEVzYo
The last sport we are talking about today is Zorbing. This is when people roll down a hill in a giant Zorb. A Zorb is usually made out of plastic and you can see through it which means it is transparent. it is usually performed on a small slope but it is possible to do it on flat ground which is good because we don’t have many hills in Ottawa Hills. Have fun Zorbing!
Which one was your favorite? Do you think you’re going to try any? If so have fun doing your unusual Sport and make sure to tell Bear Pause how fun it was to roll down a hill, play the same game wizards do, or even doing yoga with your dog. Have fun!