Looking back at the 2012 International Rock Paper Scissors Championships in London.
We competed in the International Rock Paper Scissors Championships in London eight years ago this week. Time flies.
|International Janken action|
We teamed up with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Dave Barry and his daughter Sophie from the USA to take part in the huge event.
|The San Marino Rock Paper Scissors team|
More than 150 athletes from 16 teams competed in the Wacky Nation organised tournament held at the Knight’s Templar Pub on Chancery Lane in London.
As we couldn’t play as a combined "UK-USA" team we decided to represent the plucky nation of San Marino instead.
Prior to the start of the competition I challenged football hard man Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock to a 'friendly' RPS contest to warm-up. Needless to say I won the shootout! It was an ill-tempered clash with plenty of foul language and gamesmanship. The heated battle almost resulted in a knock-out punch too!
|Clash of the titans|
International Rock Paper ScissorsMatches in the Round Robin stage of the main-event were played in a ‘first to four points’ format with each player in the team taking it in turns to win a point by competing in a ‘best of three’ Rock Paper Scissors game. Our team managed to rack up a win loss record of won four, lost one.
Before any teams could advance from our pool a play-off was required as Austria and Lapland A had also finished with four wins and one loss!
Thankfully our team was able to win both matches to advance alongside Lapland A, with the Austrians sent home.
The first semi-final saw San Marino take on the Vatican City team in a ‘first to six points’ match.
Unfortunately we lost and were therefore unable to go for gold.
Sadly we just missed out on the podium, suffering defeat to Great Britain in the repechage to ultimately finish in fourth place.
The final was a battle between the might of Lapland A and the Vatican City, with the Laplanders finishing on top and grabbing the gold medal.
Getting to the semi-finals of the International Rock Paper Scissors Championships was the furthest I ever reached in an RPS tournament having been knocked out in the preliminary rounds of national competitions held in 2010 and 2011.
The perfect socially distanced sport?Thinking about it, Rock Paper Scissors could be the perfect sport to play in these time of social distancing.
As a non-contact sport it's played by opponents standing apart from each other. The distance between them could be increased to 2 metres or more, they could wear PPE without impairing their throws and/or a protective screen could be placed between the two players.