|12th July 2016
Sports & Extreme : Part 1
Another amazing day for the Mr. World Contestants here in Southport, England. Today was the start of the Sports and Fitness Challenge as well as the Extreme Challenge and the contestants laid it all out on the line with maximum effort throughout the day.
We started off at the Formby Hall Golf Club where the contestants were instructed by golf professionals at the driving range. Mark Williams (PGA Golfer) provided his best tips and some of the guys really took to the advice.
The first part of the Sports and Fitness Challenge had the guys trying to hit markers on the driving range. The further the target, the higher the points. The second part was a putting challenge where the guys had to putt the ball from 2m, 4m, 6m, and 8m from the hole. All of this was in honour of Julian Morley, the inventor of the Truvis Golf Ball, which the guys were actually able to use in this part of the challenge. Julian will present the winner with the Truvis Cup later on. More info on this innovative golf ball design can be found at: www.truvis.com
After these two parts, the top contestant from each team moved on to the final “Putt-Off”. Here England, USA, Panama, and Malaysia had one final chance to show their skills and Mr. England took it home for his team. The scores from this event will be used to calculate the winner of the Sports and Fitness Challenge.
After a quick bite to eat, it was time to head on to the start of the Extreme Challenge; a gruelling 5km sand dune run that the contestants completed in heats. There was such an aura of fun and support as all of the guys cheered each other on through the difficult challenge of hills and slopes. In the end, we took the top time from each team and Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, and Germany came out on top. However only one guy could have the top time, and that was Ice Hockey Player Mr. Scotland with the only time under 20 minutes.
Scotland: As a professional ice hockey player I am used to doing a lot of running for pre-season conditioning. I was also at the Base Camp of Everest around a month ago, I love climbing and hiking all the time. I thought today’s competition really brought the guys together and really brought some of the guy’s out of their shell. We all earned more respect for one another.