Is regular soccer, football or tennis not your cup of tea? Want to try a sport that’s a little out of the ordinary? Check out our top 20 offbeat sports
It seems there really is a sport for everyone – this list of oddball sports covers every interest and talent imaginable. Pop in your mouth guard and strap on your helmet – it’s game on!
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease with a sport that’s sure to improve your upper body strength. Circus Arts Brisbane holds trapeze classes for those seeking a work out and a thrill.
We may not be blessed with a white Christmas but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the winter fun. Players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is divided into four concentric rings. You can try your hand at curling at Iceworld Olympic Rink at Boondall.
It used to be a form of deadly combat but now it’s just a way to keep you moving and fit. Contact the Queensland Fencing Association to find your nearest club.
4. Bike polo
If you suffer from equinophobia (a fear of horses) then this sport is for you. It has the same rules as polo, but in this case you won’t have to worry about feeding your trusty steed.
5. Wife carrying
Yes, really. Last year a Brisbane couple competed in the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, so it’s clearly a sport at which our city excels. No equipment necessary, just make sure your relationship can handle the weight.
6. Pole dancing
It takes more skill and strength than you’d expect to swing around a pole. With climbing and hanging upside down the domain of the more advanced practitioner, this unconventional dance form will get you fit in no time.
Is yoga too relaxing for you? Why not incorporate aspects of circus into your practice and add a little thrill to your om? Acroyoga uses the dynamic power of acrobatics to blend trust, playfulness and community with your yoga session.
Inspired by military obstacle course training, parkour practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible, which means jumping over balconies, climbing across roofs, swinging through staircases and vaulting over walls. While not exactly an activity for the fainthearted, this sport provides you with a nifty new way to get across town… or over town, as it may be.
An Irish outdoor team game of prehistoric origin, hurling is considered to be the world’s fastest game-play. Players use a wooden stick (called a hurley) to hit a small ball between the opponents’ H-shaped goalposts to win points. The game slightly resembles field hockey, cricket and soccer combined.
Similar to volleyball but incorporating elements of soccer, Bossaball is played on an inflatable court with integrated trampolines, allowing players to bounce higher when spiking the ball. Players can hit the ball with any part of the body, creating a volleyball-soccer fusion aesthetic.
11. Caber toss
A traditional Scottish athletic event, the caber toss sees competitors toss a large tapered pole. Distance doesn’t matter, with the winner having the straightest end-over-end toss. This sport is thought to have originated from the need to throw logs across narrow ravines to allow crossing.
12. Cheese rolling
The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling is a world-famous event where a four kilogram round of cheese is rolled down a steep hill and chased by competitors. The first to reach the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. Due to the steepness of the hill and unevenness of the ground, there are often multiple injuries at this event.
As the saying goes, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” This sport involves two teams on opposing sides of a court pelting each other with large balls to eliminate members of the opposing team. The winning team is the one with the last player standing.
A rural English tradition, a gurning contest involves competitors pulling the most grotesque faces possible. Usually having no teeth is an advantage as it gives greater facial mobility. There’s even a World Gurning Championship.
15. Club swinging
Club swinging was once an Olympic event, held as a part of men’s artistic gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Olympics. It involves swinging the clubs around the body in different patterns at different speeds, directions, planes and phases.
16. Beer pong
Once existing solely in the domain of college parties, beer pong now has its own World Championships. The aim of the game is to toss a ping pong ball into one of your opponent’s beverages, set up like bowling pins at the opposite end of a table. They must then consume the drink. Rules are flexible, but the winning team is the first to force the opposing side to drink all of their drinks.
The fantasy sport created by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter finds a place in reality. In this odd sport, players must carry a broom between their legs at all times, volleyballs are used for ‘quaffles’ which must be thrown through goal hoops, dodgeballs are used as ‘bludgers’ (thrown at opposing team’s players) and the ‘snitch’ is a tennis ball carried by the ‘snitch runner’, a neutral player that can run a greater area than the playing field and must be caught by a seeker to end the game.
18. Street luge
Have the urge to just lie down and let gravity take you? Street luge might be just the thing for you. This extreme sport was inspired by the winter sport of luge, but takes place on a road using boards similar to skateboards.
19. Ultimate (Frisbee)
Like football, but throwing a plastic flying disc instead. The player holding the frisbee can only move by pivoting so the disc can only be advanced to the end goal zones by passing to team members.
20. Octopush (Underwater hockey)
Don’t hold your breath for this one – Octopush isn’t the friendliest spectator sport, since all the action takes place underwater. Underwater hockey sees two teams attempt to manoeuvre a weighted puck across the bottom of a swimming pool to score in the goal area.