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Roped into contest of old at Brooms Head Family Fun Day

Action from the Brooms Head Family Sports Day on New Year’s Day. Photo: Steve Otton
Action from the Brooms Head Family Sports Day on New Year’s Day. Photo: Steve Otton

THE Brooms Head Family Fun Day rocked the beach with land-based boat races, sprints and the famous tug of war last weekend.

While boat racing and beach sprints have their own histories behind them, nothing quite beats that of the tug of war.

There aren't many simpler sports in the world, and it may surprise to know just how far the famed contest has gone.

Although its origins are unconfirmed, tug of war was used as a training exercise for Viking warriors to prepare for battle.

It wasn't until the 19th century that it became a sport, growing in popularity before reaching the highest stage of all in 1900 when it featured in the Olympic Games.

Featuring in five Olympic Games, tug of war has since been viewed by many as a social sport.

But international tournaments comprising 32 nations continue to be held to this day under the Tug of War International Federation.

Closer to home, the Australian Tug of War Association hosts several teams based around the country.

Three teams are hosted in New South Wales, with organisations based on the Central Coast, Maitland and over the range at Glen Innes.

Grafton has had its own tug of war team, but the Gorillas seem to have been in hibernation for the last few years.

With such a deep history behind it, tug of war will live on in the Clarence Valley as a social sport and is a permanent fixture at the Brooms Head Family Fun Day.

You never know - the Gorillas may one day come out to play again.



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