Competitors from as far as way as France, Germany, England, Norway and Russia will be arriving in Baw Baw Shire shortly to vie for one of the world’s most prestigious crowns – the World Jousting Championships.
The World Jousting Championship takes place the first weekend of June from Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 June 2019 at Lardner Park.
Fuelled by the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones, the ‘world’s first extreme sport’ – solid lance jousting, is experiencing a renaissance as medieval festivals across the globe stage real-life competitions.
Solid lance jousting is the original extreme sport as practiced by medieval nobility. Originating in the 11th century as cavalry training, jousting evolved into the high tournament of the 15th century.
The basic concept of the event is unchanged from medieval times: two armour-clad opponents charge at each other on horses at speeds estimated at 40mph while wielding 11-foot-long wooden lances. The goal is to break your lance on your opponent’s shield.