Stacking up against the world’s best
New Zealand’s very own cup stacking team is gearing up to face the world’s best.
The Black Stacks flew out of Auckland yesterday to compete in the World Sport Stacking Championships in Taiwan.
They will compete alongside 450 other participants over three days as they vie for international glory.
The sport is increasing in popularity worldwide with the World Sport Stacking Association setting a Guiness World Record in 2015 for having 618,394 people sport stacking at multiple locations in one day.
Black Stacks coach Richard Foster, who is attending his sec- ond world championship event, said it was a great opportunity for the Kiwis to see how they stack up.
‘‘A couple of these guys have competed in world championships before and, given the experience they’ve gained from that, we’re looking for them to do even better this year,’’ Foster said.
While the sport is primarily for children, with most peaking at 19, adults can also compete in their own category - this year’s Black Stacks team includes a parentchild combo.
Foster said it was the challenge of wanting to improve that kept people loving the sport.
‘‘Like any great sport, it’s easy to learn but impossible to master.’’
Ashley Foster, 13, will travel to Taiwan with New Zealand’s Black Stacks for the 2017 World Sport Stacking Championships.