Canal Jump­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

This un­usual sport­ing event is called Fierl­jep­pen in The Nether­lands. The long alu­minium poles are be­tween 3m and 5m long and have a flat round plate at the bot­tom to pre­vent it from sink­ing into the muddy bot­tom of the canal. The con­tes­tants run and jump onto the pole, then a shimmy to the top of the pole - some with the aid of bi­cy­cle in­ner tubes strapped to their feet - and then vault off to try and land on the op­po­site bank. A na­tional canal jump­ing con­test is held on Au­gust 22 each year. There is no prize ex­cept the hon­our of be­ing the Dutch cham­pion canal jumper.

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