Tossing the tannenbaum
Lakeridge High rugby team holds Christmas tree tossing fundraiser
How do you properly throw an evergreen for a Christmas tree tossing contest?
Try hurling it like a javelin, a shot put or discus, suggested John Perkins, Lakeridge High School rugby team assistant coach.
Lakeridge parent Dawn Oh proposed heaving the tree like a Scottish caber, which is a tree trunk used in a similar competition.
Sione Aisea, head rugby coach, offered another method: Just grab it with two hands, and throw it.
When it comes to the Christmas tree tossing competition the rugby team is holding Jan. 4, players are judged on distance when chucking that hunk of wood. Judges will award points for style if theres a tie, so its worth it for players to hone their technique.
Style is the artistic flow of (a players) throwing motion smooth, and its graceful or creative, Perkins said.
The rugby team not only is holding its first tree tossing contest but also is collecting Christmas trees to recycle at the event, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the C3 Church, 17979 SW Stafford Road, Lake Oswego. A donation of $10 to Rugby Oregon is suggested for tree recycling, and contenders are furnished with a small fir, so they dont have to attempt to heft the familys 10-foot tannenbaum.
Itll be fun, and, hopefully, itll be successful, and itll be a repeat fundraiser for the team, Perkins said.
Perkins said the idea for a tree toss came from visiting his daughter last year in Ireland, where he saw a local competition. The timings also right with rugby being reintroduced as an Olympic sport in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The last time rugby was played in the Olympics was 1924, and the United States team earned a gold medal.
Perkins joked that tree tossing could be a new Olympic sport, and he added its definitely a good fit with rugby, which is a fun sport. So, it seemed right as a fundraiser. Alex Oh, Lakeridge rugby team scrumhalf, said hes looking forward to it.
I think its an interesting idea, said Alex, a freshman. Itll be really entertaining, and it will be a good time to be had for all ages.
Vying for gold, silver and bronze, contestants will be in student and adult groups with male and female tree tossers competing separately. Participants dont have to hang around all day but can compete and head out unless they want to stay and sip hot chocolate while scoping out the competition.
Student winners pocket gift cards for Blast Burger, Chucks Place and UU Yogurt, and adult winners snag gift cards for Nicolettas Table, World Class Wines, Lady Dis British Store & Tea Room and Stickmens Brewery & Skewery.
Proceeds support scholarships, jerseys, medical kits, cleats, mouth guards and other rugby team needs.
The Lakeridge rugby team was launched this fall, and West Linn High School also has a team. Lake Oswego High doesnt have one yet.
Wherever rugbys played, theres usually a friendly atmosphere, Dawn Oh said.
Rugbys all about sportsmanship, and, after a game, the two teams share a meal, she said.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/Lakeridgerugby.
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