‘Knights’ in armour battle each other at a medieval jousting tournament in Sydney, Australia. Yiming Woo reports.
Thrills and spills at Australia’s jousting tournament
Wearing 40 kilogrammes of armour, carrying a lance while riding a horse, it’s safe to say jousting isn’t child’s play.
Each ‘knight’ at Sydney’s ‘St Ives Medieval Faire’ attempts to break his opponent’s lance or shoulder shield, or unseat him in order to score points.
Many of the competitors, like professional jouster Luke Binks, have had years of training.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSIONAL JOUSTER, LUKE BINKS SAYING:
“There’s a lot of skill and a lot of time that goes into managing that lance while riding the horse as fast as you can, while wearing armour, and then putting what is quite a small tip onto a fairly small target while everything is moving and you’re looking through something that’s just like a postage slot.”
Although he fell off his horse earlier, Australian Cliff Marisma emerged the winner after rounds of competition.
He was visibly overwhelmed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ST IVES JOUSTING CHAMPION CLIFF MARISMA SAYING:
“Honoured, privileged, grateful, good.”
The annual competition is in its third year and attracts enthusiasts from all over the world.
The first recorded jousting tournament was held in 1066.
Encounters sometimes ended in death, including that of French King Henry II in 1559.