Dunedin man takes world gumboot throwing title

News 27/03/2019

The newly crowned world champion gumboot thrower has revealed the secrets of a perfect gumboot toss.

Dunedin's Kieran Fowler was the overall winner at the annual World Gumboot Throwing Championships held in Taihape on Sunday.

The former competitive decathlon thrower, clinched the title with a throw of 46.8 metres.

He told Rural Today's Dominic George that there was tough competition from across the globe.

"We had so many competitors, we had to have a round robin to qualify for the final," he said.

Fowler, who plays for Kaikorai Rugby Club, was spotted training around Dunedin in the lead up to the event.

"Bishopscourt is just down the road from the rugby club, so I have been going down there to practice," said Fowler.

Meanwhile Fowler has revealed the key to a good gumboot throw.

"The hardest part is trying to get it to fly flat. Most people end up throwing it too high, and it ends up back-tailing on itself and flops down."

"If you can get it to fly flat, then it does most of the work for you, it carves through the air."

After coming third in last year's competition, Fowler is proud of his gold medal.

"I'll be chucking that one on the mantelpiece, for sure."

Watch the video to see Kieran Fowler's world champion gumboot throw.