World Pea Shooting Championships

The World Pea Shooting Championships have been held annually since 1971 on the second Saturday in July, in the village of Witcham near Ely in Cambridgeshire, England, and has attracted competitors from as far afield as the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, France, Spain, New Zealand and Holland.[1][2]

RulesEdit

Peas are shot at a 12 inch target smeared with glazing putty, 12 feet away, with a peashooter not exceeding 12 inches in length,[3] there are no restrictions to technology providing the pea is propelled by blowing with the mouth, also, anyone can enter.[1][4]

HistoryEdit

The World Pea Shooting Championship was conceived in 1971 as a fund-raising idea for the building of a modern Village Hall by the headmaster of the village school, John I. Tyson (1925–2002), however, the school is long since closed, and children from Witcham now go to primary school in nearby Mepal.[1] In 2003, the Parish Council funded the purchase of the John Tyson Shield on which the open champion's name is recorded each year.[2]

The competition tends to be dominated by local entrants, though a small number travel from around the world, notably the United States, and American personnel from the nearby US airbases of RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath have competed. The day is combined with village fete featuring games, stalls, and more.

Recent championsEdit

 
World Champion Ian Ashmeade in 2010

In 2010, Ian Ashmeade became the 40th World Pea Shooting Champion. In 2011, he retained the title beating four-time World Champion George Hollis in the semifinal, and 2009 champion Jim Collins in the final.[2]

In 2011, Emma Watson became the Ladies' World Pea Shooting Champion despite it being the very first time she had picked up a pea shooter.

In 2012, Julie Bissmire beat Tina Pullman to win the Women's event.[3] In the open event, Rob Bresler defeated the 2010 and 2011 champion, Ian Ashmeade, in the quarterfinals, and Jim Collins in the final.[3]

In 2013, the ladies title went to Helen Phillips.[5] Rob Bresler won the open event again in 2013, defeating Toby Bush in the final.[5]

In 2014, Rob Bresler saw off 61 other competitors to retain his title. [6] Also in 2014, Michelle Berry won the ladies title, while the junior title went to Haddenham's Martha Collins.[6]

 
New Pub Sign for The White Horse Witcham

In 2016, at the 46th World Peashooting championships, Michelle Berry made history by regaining her Ladies title for the third consecutive year, using a laser shooter made by her father. She fought her way through a strong field, while also reaching the semi-finals in the Open championship category. After a very tense final, which went into extra time, Jim Collins went on to beat Rob Bresler to take the title of Open champion, also the third title in his career.

In 2017, incredibly for the fourth consecutive year, Michelle Berry kept her title by winning the Ladies Champion category, Martha Collins was runner-up. Jim Collins beat Ian Ashmeade in the open event. Martha Collins won the junior title beating Madeline Bresler the runner-up. In the team event the Haddenham Easy Riders beat Stockport Massive to the team title.[7]

 
The 48th World Pea Shooting Champeaions

In 2018, after unveiling a new pub sign at The White Horse, with his head on it, Ian Ashmeade in his iconic horned helmet thrashed the 2017 Champeaion Jim Collins to take the 48th World Pea Shooting title after 7 years in the car park of dispeare. His team, the Haddenham Easy Riders, also took the team first place, only just in front of the ladies' team Pea-u-tiful featuring Ian's girlfriend Sally Redman-Davies. Sally then went on, at her first attempt, to beat the 2017 ladies' World Champeaion Michelle Berry in a tense final. She only missed 1 peaseye out of 10 with a score of 48/50 in the final - what a debut!

World Pea Shooting Championship results (WPSC) 1971 onwardsEdit

Note: All results taken from http://www.witcham.org.uk/_sgg/m1m6s6_1.htm

WPSC Year Open Winner Runner Up Lady Winner Lady runner up Junior winner Junior runner up
1st WPSC 1971 Dennis Minett - - - - -
2nd WPSC 1972 Dennis Minett - - - - -
3rd WPSC 1973 Dennis Minett - - - - -
4th WPSC 1974 Peter Czarnobaj Dennis Minett - - - -
5 th WPSC 1975 Mike Curzon - - - - -
6 th WPSC 1976 Howard Whetstone - - - - -
7 th WPSC 1977 Mike Fordham - - - - -
8 th WPSC 1978 Mike Fordham - - - - -
9 th WPSC 1979 Neville Burniston - - - - -
10 th WPSC 1980 Robert Norman - - - - -
11 th WPSC 1981 Mike Fordham - - - - -
12 th WPSC 1982 Robert Norman - Sandra Forham - - -
13 th WPSC 1983 Mike Fordham - Helen Trent - - -
14 th WPSC 1984 Mike Fordham - Helen Trent - - -
15 th WPSC 1985 Mike Fordham - Jenny Danks - - -
16 th WPSC 1986 Mike Fordham - Juliet Sole - - -
17 th WPSC 1987 Robert Norman - Helen Trent - - -
18 th WPSC 1988 John Shippey - Helen Trent - - -
19 th WPSC 1989 Neville Burniston - Nicola Dale - - -
20 th WPSC 1990 David Trent - Clare Shippey - - -
21 st WPSC 1991 Leslie Setchell - - - - -
22 nd WPSC 1992 Mike Fordham - - - - -
23 th WPSC 1993 Leslie Setchell - - - - -
24 th WPSC 1994 George Hollis - - - - -
25 th WPSC 1995 George Hollis - - - - -
26 th WPSC 1996 Dan Sargent   - - - - -
27 th WPSC 1997 Thomas Walker - - - - -
28 th WPSC 1998 Dan Sargent   - - - - -
29 th WPSC 1999 David Hollis - - - - -
30 th WPSC 2000 David Hollis - - - - -
31 st WPSC 2001 David Hollis - - - - -
32nd WPSC 2002 Kiel Prance - - - - -
33 rd WPSC 2003 Danny Miles - - - - -
34 th WPSC 2004 Percy Walker Iain Housden Laura Rutterford Maureen Samochwal Sam Cockbain Ben Somers
35 th WPSC 2005 Ian Saberton Iain Housden Sandra Ashley Irene Pointer Edward Richardson Lewis Bonney
36 th WPSC 2006 Sandra Ashley Colin Long Sandra Ashley Silvana Taylor Toby Saunders Zark Bonney
37 th WPSC 2007 George Hollis Alistair Berry Sandra Ashley Emma Wood Joshua Carter Alfie Ball
38 th WPSC 2008 George Hollis Nathan Parratt Pat Willars Sophie Janacek Roland Dickinson Matthew Wakeham
39th WPSC 2009 Jim Collins Ian Ashmeade Julie Bissmire Helen Phillips Daniel Menrad Amelia Sparks-Shepherd
40 th WPSC 2010 Ian Ashmeade Chris Hughes Julie Bissmire Helen Phillips Oliver Gaffan Charlie Cox
41st WPSC 2011 Ian Ashmeade Jim Collins Emma Watson Linda Spencer Charlie Cox Alfie Gillings
42nd WPSC 2012 Rob Bresler Jim Collins Julie Bissmire Tina Pullen Callum Bogunovic Alfie Gillings
43 rd WPSC 2013 Rob Bresler Toby Bush Helen Phillips Emma Watson Madeleine Bresler Callum Bogunovic
44 th WPSC 2014 Rob Bresler Victor Kronig Michelle Berry Rachel Cross Martha Collins Kieran Bogunovic
45 th WPSC 2015 Jim Collins Allistair Berry Michelle Berry Aimi Bresler Marcus Bresler Rylee Gulliver
46th WPSC 2016 Jim Collins Rob Bresler Michelle Berry Sonija Romanova Charlotte Collins Martha Collins
47th WPSC 2017 Jim Collins Ian Ashmeade Michelle Berry Martha Collins Martha Collins Madeline Bresler
48th WPSC 2018 Ian Ashmeade Jim Collins Sally Redman-Davies Michelle Berry Martha Collins Henry Crook
49th WPSC 2019 Ian Ashmeade [8] Rob Bresler [8] Sally Redman-Davies [9] Madeline Bresler [9] Martha Collins [10] Henry Crook [10]

Roll of Honour (Multiple World Champions)Edit

Mike Fordham 8, George Hollis 4, Helen Trent 4, Jim Collins 4, Michelle Berry 4, Sandra Ashley 4, Ian Ashmeade 4, Martha Collins 4, David Hollis 3, Julie Bissmire 3, Rob Bresler 3, Robert Norman 3, Dennis Minett 3, Dan Sargent   2, Leslie Setchell 2, Neville Burniston 2, Sally Redman-Davies 2.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Witcham, Home of the Official World Peashooting Championship". witcham.org.uk. 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "2012 World Pea Shooting Championships held in Cambridgeshire". bbc.co.uk. 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Pea shooters take aim for world championship glory". telegraph.co.uk. 2012.
  4. ^ "It's Only Pea Shooting. (World Pea Shooting Book 2011) Kindle Edition". amazon.co.uk. 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The ever so polite world championships where competitors know their Ps and Qs". cambstimes.co.uk. 2013.
  6. ^ a b "World Pea Shooting champion Rob Bresler retains title 2014". bbc.co.uk. 2014.
  7. ^ "Witcham's annual Pea Shooting World Championship raises £2,400 for village hall". elystandard.co.uk. 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Winner Of Open Championship". witcham.org.uk. 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Winner Of Women's Championship". witcham.org.uk. 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Children's World Championship". witcham.org.uk. 2019.

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