Amazing Kids! Magazine

It’s a Competitive World

By Cathy Yan, Global Village Editor


School and extracurricular activities give us insight into many sports, like basketball or soccer. In addition, the Summer and Winter Olympics give us coverage on sports around the world – but if you think tennis or gymnastics are the only activities out there, you may be in for a shock.

Our world is a very big place that is full of surprises. The world of sports is no different. Sure, you may have tried croquet (a British game similar to golf, but with hoops instead of holes), but what about underwater hockey, bog snorkeling, or chess boxing?

Underwater hockey, in my opinion, is the easiest place to start if you’re looking for a unique challenge. The official name is Octopush, and it’s very similar to regular hockey. Just like regular hockey, two teams try to push the puck into the opposing team’s goal while defending their own. The only catch is that you have to play it underwater, which means holding your breath and swimming instead of running. This sport is gaining popularity very quickly, making waves in the U.K., Australia, and Canada.

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Bog snorkeling gives a new meaning to playing dirty. Originating in Wales, this sport requires competitors to race in a water filled trench cut through a peat bog. All participants are required to wear snorkels and flippers, just like regular snorkeling. However, they can only propel themselves by kicking their flippers, not by doing traditional swimming strokes. If you want to check out this muddy sport, the World Bog Snorkeling Championships are held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales every year in August.

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If you have ever wanted to do an activity that involves both brains and brawns, then chess boxing is for you. Players alternate between games of chess and boxing. Coming from Amsterdam, this fast paced competition lasts up to eleven rounds, beginning with four minutes of chess followed by two minutes of boxing. However, the boxing can be replaced with any other sport for an equally intellectual and active experience. Getting fit in both body and mind? Count me in!

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These three sports are just the beginning of a fitness revolution. With regular exercise gaining importance, more and more people are thinking outside of the box to find something that’s right for them. The next time your friends suggest going outside, don’t just limit yourselves to tag or tennis. Dig out the old chess set and squeeze in a brain workout, or head over to the pool for some Octopush; whatever you choose to do, just remember to have fun.