Young Kiwis get ready to stack up against 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.
And the sport of cup stacking is no easy measure with a high level of coordination and accuracy required.
Black Stacks coach Richard Foster, who is attending his second world championship event, said it was a great opportunity for the Kiwis to see how they stack up.
‘‘It’s an amazing opportunity for some of these kids who have never competed overseas before,’’ Foster said.
‘‘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’s son, Ashley, is 13-years-old and is also attending his second world championship. He fell in love with cup stacking after watching videos on YouTube and said it had become more than just a hobbie.
‘‘I’ve been practising every day,’’ Ashley said.
‘‘I love competing and making friends with all the people I compete against.’’
Also in the New Zealand team are Glendowie College twins Tate and Gryffen King, both 12, who are attending their first world championship event and will compete in the doubles section.
‘‘With individuals, you just focus on yourself, but with doubles you have to both be watching what the other person is doing,’’ Gryffen said.
While the sport is primarily for children, with most peaking at 19, adults can also compete in their own category.
Foster said it was the challenge of wanting to improve that kept people loving the sport.
‘‘It’s one of those things, you think you can always go a little bit faster,’’ he said. ‘‘Like any great sport, it’s easy to learn but impossible to master.’’
‘‘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.