, or wellie throwing
, is a sport that originated in Britain
, most likely in the county of Yorkshire
. Competitors are required to hurl a Wellington boot
as far as possible within boundary lines, from a standing or running start. A variation requires participants to launch the wellie from the end of their foot as if they were kicking off a pair of shoes.
Note that the word wellie is also often spelt as welly. Wellie wanging events today are often associated with fundraising events.
The New Zealand and Finnish equivalent is gumboot throwing. The town of Taihape, on the Rangitikei River, styles itself the world gumboot-throwing capital, while Finland hosts a yearly Boot-Throwing World Championship.