Taihape's world boot throwing champ

By Liz Wylie

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Elizabeth Mortland
Elizabeth Mortland

Taihape's Elizabeth Mortland is a world champion boot thrower after competing in the women's over-60 category in Finland this month.

After years of practice throwing gumboots in her hometown, Mrs Mortland returned victorious and her son Jason Christensen-Widt also won a bronze medal for New Zealand in his category.

"He lives in Finland with his wife and family, but he is still a Kiwi and helped to do us proud," said Mrs Mortland.

Mrs Mortland's winning throw was 18.77m while her son gained his place with a 30.79m distance.

Last year, Mrs Mortland competed in the international boot throwing contest in Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region of Italy, where she won a silver medal for her 17.77m throw.

She was very happy to have bettered her record and said the New Zealand boot throwing community was looking forward to holding the next international event in Wellington.

The event will be held on September 10 at Court Fields Community School, Mantle St, Wellington.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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