During the contest the organizers provide the mobile phones from a range of makes and models for the competitors to choose from for the phone pitching. Different throwing techniques are allowed in the contests, basically freestyle and the original, traditional over the shoulder throw. Competitors can choose to participate individually or in teams with a Junior category for those aged 12 or under.
Although most competitive sports nowadays have stringent anti-drug rules, there are currently there are no doping tests in place to test competitors at the Phone Throwing Championships for illegal substances in their bodies. The organizers however, reserve the right to refuse participation to any phone flingers who are mentally or physically incapable of taking part, or anyone who may be considered a danger to themselves or to others.
The World Mobile Phone Throwing Championship Record is currently held by Dries Fereman of Belgium who achieved a mobile phone breaking distance of 110.42 metres in August 2014. Holder of the world’s second place is currently Chris ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Hughff of England who achieved a phone propelling 102.68 metres in 2012, he also holds the national record.
Unfortunately, there are as of yet no Welsh achievements in the Mobile Phone Throwing Championships, but registration is open for the 2015 World Championship to be held in Savonlinna, Finland on 22 August. Registration fees are 10 Euros per individual, 27 Euros for a freestyle team, 5 Euros for Juniors. Entry is limited to participation in only one category.
So next time your mobile leaves you maddened, your phone battery runs out or your call is not returned, consider taking part in an organised Phone Throwing Championship event where you can safely fling your frustration.