Kiwi duo crack world record

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MATTHEW CATTIN

A New Zealand duo have cracked the record for the long­est throw and catch of an egg.

Rob­bie Hol­lan­der and Nick Horn­stein’s 80.77-me­tre ef­fort was the high­light of the an­nual World Egg-Throw­ing Cham­pi­onships, held in the English vil­lage of Swa­ton on June 25.

Hol­lan­der, from Dairy Flat and Horn­stein, from Christchurch, ear­lier this year threw a na­tional record 63-me­tres at the Hilux New Zealand Ru­ral Games.

Hav­ing ‘‘soft hands’’ was the se­cret to catch­ing a record beat­ing egg, 18-year-old Hol­lan­der said.

This year’s ru­ral games was Hol­lan­der’s third year en­ter­ing, but his first tak­ing out the event.

News of his mighty feat spread quickly at Orewa Col­lege, where he was a year 13 stu­dent.

The teach­ers hadn’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,’’ Hol­lan­der 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,’’ he said after win­ning the ru­ral games.

But the duo al­most didn’t make it there.

Hav­ing won the ru­ral games ti­tle, the duo were 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.

Hol­lan­der hadn’t let the ti­tle ruf­fle his feath­ers.

He was stay­ing 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.’’

MATTHEW CATTIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Rob­bie Hol­lan­der is head­ing to the UK to chal­lenge the best egg throw­ers and catch­ers in the world.

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