Wednesday, August 8, 2012
TEAMS of alternative ‘athletes’ will be taking to the streets of Great Yarmouth this weekend to take part in a not-so-sporting contest that will pay its own unique tribute to the London 2012 games.
The Scavolympics will pit groups of creative competitors against one another as they race against the clock to complete more than 40 odd ball challenges, and then capture their successful feats on camera to show to a judging panel.
Saturday’s event is a twist on the annual Great Yarmouth Scavenger Hunt, which has been running in the town for several years.
With London hosting the world’s sporting elite, hunt organisers decided to give 2012’s contest a light hearted Games theme and have loosely based their 48 challenges on Olympic sports.
The day will begin at Jesters Diner in Morton Peto Road when teams will take part in the 100m ‘food’ sprint and followed with events such as ‘boxing’ in which team members must photograph themselves in a box.
Sam Osborne organises the scavenger hunt, which started as an alternative birthday event for her and her friends and has since developed into an annual charitable contest.
The 28 year old said: “Every year we try and do it towards a theme. We did an Easter one, a royal wedding one, a Christmas one and of course the biggest thing happening this year was the Olympics, so we thought we’d base it on that.
“It doesn’t require any sporting prowess from anybody taking part and should be a laugh.”
Competitors, armed simply with a camera and a sense of humour, have eight hours to complete as many of the challenges as possible before crossing the ‘finishing line’ at the Pub on the Prom.
Judges will then pour over team pictures to pick the winners in each challenge and announce those with podium positions.
Sam, who is preparing to open a coffee shop in Regent Street and will be sitting on the judging panel, said she enjoyed looking at the photographic evidence.
“The ones that really take imagination always get me, the creativity that goes into some of them is just amazing,” she added. “And it’s quite nice seeing people who haven’t done it before and hearing their feedback and hearing they have had a good time.”
The Scavolympics is raising money for Great Yarmouth First Responders, the Owen’s Wish to Walk fund - in aid of Lowestoft tot Owen Baldry who suffers from cerebral palsy - and the Batten Disease Family Association, that supports children and adults with the rare condition.
And non competitors are invited to help boost the coffers by taking part in a raffle that will be held at the Pub on the Prom as part of the winning celebrations.
● Teams wanting to take part in the event should be at Jesters by 10am on Saturday, August 11. Entrance costs £15 per team, of up to five people.