Guinness Book of World Records

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Quests for Kids

Event #2:

Netball Quest 61

  • Guinness Book of Records Challenge for the Longest Game of Netball EVER>>>>>

  • Event: To play a game of Netball for 61 hours continuously
  • Where is it: South Fish Creek recreation Complex (S.E Calgary)
  • Start time: 5.30pm Friday Sept.16th
  • Finish time: 6.30am Monday Sept.19th
  • Reason to do it: Right To Play fundraiser
  • Donate: MARTIN'S DONATION PAGE

On the morning of December 25th 1965, I received one of my favourite Christmas presents ever, a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records (GBofWR). I had heard about this book from my school friends, who had told me it was amazing. I tore off the wrapping paper and there it was. The book had a shiny cover with glossy pages, filled with incredible pictures and facts. Flipping through the book, I read about the oldest man, the woman with the longest fingernails, the tallest building, the strangest creatures and the fastest humans on earth.

A little bit of background on the GBofWR. On 4 May 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slob by the River Slaney in County Wexford, Ireland. He became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe, the koshin golden plover or the grouse. That evening, he realised that it was impossible to confirm, in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe's fastest game bird.

Beaver knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly, in pubs throughout Ireland and Britain, but there was no book in the world which provided all the answers. He realised that a book, supplying these facts, might prove popular. He discussed this idea with his friend Christopher Chataway, who contacted student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter. They had been running a fact-finding agency in London. In August 1954, the brothers were commissioned to compile what later became The Guinness Book of World Records . One thousand copies were printed and given away. Since then the book has gone on to hold a world record of its own, as the best-selling copyrighted book series of all time.

In early 2011, 45 years after I had been given my first copy, I purchased my second one. I was interested to see if the 250 marathons I had run in 2010 might qualify as a record. However, after contacting the GBofWR I was told that the record is 106 race marathons, held by Larry Macon of the USA. Only a few of my marathons were official races, so I didn't meet the criteria. However, this got me thinking about other records I might attempt and led me to "Quests for Kids". These "Quests" will be based on sports that children can do in their school or local community. The objective will be to attempt to beat the Guinness Book of World Records, in a variety of events. Each "Quest" will encourage children to be active and act as a fundraiser for Right To Play.

My next event is this month. "Netball Quest 61", will take place from 5.30pm Friday Sept 16th to 6.30am Monday Sept 19th, a total of 61 hours. It will be held at South Fish Creek Recreational Complex in Calgary. However, we need help. We require 24 players and currently have 19. Also, we need volunteers as witnesses to the attempt. For more information check out www.netballalberta.com. Want to be part of history? Send me an email at mjparnell@shaw.ca

 

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A. A truant!

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There's no "i" in Team

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Quests for Kids

Event #2:

Netball Quest 61

  • Guinness Book of Records Challenge for the Longest Game of Netball EVER>>>>>

  • Event: To play a game of Netball for 61 hours continuously
  • Where is it: South Fish Creek recreation Complex (S.E Calgary)
  • Start time: 5.30pm Friday Sept.16th
  • Finish time: 6.30am Monday Sept.19th
  • Reason to do it: Right To Play fundraiser
  • Donate: MARTIN'S DONATION PAGE

Last Saturday morning at the South Fish Creek Recreational complex I had the opportunity to meet the other members of the "Netball Quest 61" squad. It had been a huge challenge to find 24 players willing to play 61 hours of netball but at 11.00am that morning we were ready for our first and last practice session.

Previously, I had only met four of the team members so I took some time this morning to learn about the rest of the squad. After reading each of the biographies, some very interesting facts emerged:

  • 8 team members are male and 16 are female.
  • 12 are Senior A players, 5 Senior B and 7 have very little experience (to be kind)
  • The countries these player were born includes Canada, England, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Tanzania.
  • A number of the players have represented Canada, in netball, at the international level.
  • Several players are elite athletes in various sports including Lacrosse, Bobsleigh and Mountain Guiding.
  • One player is one of Canada's pre-eminent fitness trainers.
  • One player is an Olympian.
  • One player is a Social Media guru.

Julie Arnold, from Netball Alberta, is the glue that's holding this whole thing together. The logistics for "Netball Quest 61" are mind boggling. Making it a Guinness Book of Records event means there are checks and counter-checks. Julie's has been lining up over 70 volunteers for duties such as umpires, timekeepers and witnesses. Then there's the requirement to have the whole thing video graphed. That means continuous coverage for 61 hours. On top of that, Guinness wants a one hour edited highlights DVD.

Still, it seems to be coming together. On Friday afternoon we'll take along our sleeping bags and tooth brushes to the recreation centre. Then, at 5.30pm, on Friday Sept. 16th the record breaking attempt will begin. It would be great if you could come down to cheer us on. If not, check us out on the "LIVE STREAM"

Let the games begin.

 

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Members of Netball Quest 61 ready for the big game

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One for the Record Books

Posted by martin.parnell |

Quests for Kids

Event #2:

Netball Quest 61

  • Guinness Book of Records Challenge for the Longest Game of Netball EVER>>>>>

  • Event: To play a game of Netball for 61 hours continuously
  • Where is it: South Fish Creek recreation Complex (S.E Calgary)
  • Start time: 5.30pm Friday Sept.16th
  • Finish time: 6.30am Monday Sept.19th
  • Reason to do it: Right To Play fundraiser
  • Donate: MARTIN'S DONATION PAGE

At 5.30pm, on Friday September 16th, two teams faced each other on the floor of the gym, at the South Fish Creek Recreational Complex in Calgary's South East, determined  to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest game of netball ever played. Their target; 61 hours. A week before, they had their only practice and a number of players had a chance to meet each other for the first time. I'm proud to say I was one of them.

Some interesting facts about the 24 member squad. 8 team members were male and 16 female. 12 were Senior A players with Netball Alberta, 5 Senior B and 7 had little or no experience. Their native countries  include Canada, England, Fiji, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Tanzania. Amongst them were elite athletes in various sports including Lacrosse, Bobsleigh and Mountain Guiding, one is a pre-eminent fitness trainer. There was also an Olympian and a Social Media guru.

Julie Arnold, from Netball Alberta, was the glue that held the whole thing together. The logistics for this event were mind-boggling. Making it a Guinness Book of Records event means there were checks and counter-checks. Julie lined up over 70 volunteers for duties including umpires, timekeepers and witnesses. Then, there was the requirement to have the whole thing video graphed, which meant continuous coverage for 61 hours.

There were several people from Cochrane who played key roles in the event. One of the players, Lawrence Mafuru has recently arrived from Tanzania. He runs his own trekking company and takes groups up Mt. Kilimanjaro. To date, he has climbed the mountain over 50 times. I knew when I met him that he would be a good fit for an endurance event. Key volunteer roles were filled by Cochranites Dan and Pam Gossman, Bobbi Fridfinnison, Caroline Roth, Roy Ellis and Steve Cook.

The schedule stated that each player would play five, 8 hours shifts and then have a four hour break. The idea was that you grabbed some sleep and came back refreshed for your next 8 hour shift. Well, that was the plan. At 3.00am on Saturday morning there were not very many refreshed looking players. Hour after hour the game went on. By 3.30am Sunday morning, 34 hours into the attempt the wheels on the bus were starting to fall off. Players were playing too hard and a number of injuries had occurred. At a game break we called a meeting and agreed that we had to slow things down or we were going to lose team members.

That was a turning point. At 5.30am Monday morning a huge cheer went up as the old record was beaten and one hour later the 61 hour mark had been reached. There were a lot of tears and hugs and people who hadn't know each other a week ago had under taken a challenge that would bond them for life.

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A member of the Team Rollers tries to get past a member of Team Rockers at Netball Quest 61: Record breaker

NQ61 Finish

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