Thumb wrestling in Lowestoft draws the crowds – with Norwich pair crowned champions

THUMBS UP: Event organiser, Rory Bellis from the WTWC (centre), with the 2014 World Thumb Wrestling champions Brad ‘Thumb-thing kind of wonderful’ Collins (left) and Dayna ‘Big Digit’ Hunt (right). THUMBS UP: Event organiser, Rory Bellis from the WTWC (centre), with the 2014 World Thumb Wrestling champions Brad ‘Thumb-thing kind of wonderful’ Collins (left) and Dayna ‘Big Digit’ Hunt (right).

Monday, August 4, 2014
3:31 PM

A popular annual contest may have moved to a new venue in Lowestoft this year, but it still provided a tense and pulsating afternoon of combat.

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ACTION: Thumbs get wrestling in the World Thumb Wrestling Championships. Picture: Denise BradleyACTION: Thumbs get wrestling in the World Thumb Wrestling Championships. Picture: Denise Bradley

In front of a big crowd at the Stanford Arms pub on Saturday, the sixth annual World Thumb Wrestling Championships was hailed another resounding success.

With thumb wrestlers from across the globe descending on the Stanford Street venue for what organisers described as “one of the most hotly contested championships ever,” the East Anglian region dominated proceedings.

The reigning women’s champion, Dayna ‘Big Digit’ Hunt from Norwich, became the first person in the history of the sport to successfully win her third title in a row after a hard fought 2-1 win over Jayne ‘the hookleberry’ Smith from Wales.

The men’s championships saw two former winners returning to Lowestoft to try and reclaim their title – with Lowestoft-based 2010 thumb wrestling champion Jed ‘The Thumbertaker’ Bellis and London-based 2011 winner Luke ‘The Cobra’ Sears both reaching the semi finals.

But a dark horse emerged from the pack, as Brad ‘Thumb-thing kind of wonderful’ Collins from Norwich eventually triumphed 1-0 in a gruelling final against ‘The Thumbertaker.’

With men and women competing separately at the championships, contestants thumb off in the WTWC ring, with the sporting spectacle starting with both wrestlers chanting ‘one, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war!’

To win the match, a player has to pin the other competitor’s thumb long enough to say ‘one, two, three, four, I win thumb-a-war!’ If successful, that wrestler then progresses to the next round, until a final showdown is held and the chance to be crowned world champion.

Event organiser, Rory Bellis from the WTWC, said it had been a “brilliant competition” once more.

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