It was fair skies and light winds, perfect weather for the United States Boomerang Association’s 21st annual Open Boomerang Tournament held Saturday at the old Woodway High School playfield.
“Most people associate boomerangs with the natives peoples of Australia,” said Bettylew Miale-Gix, event organizer. “But they go back further that, and have been used by numerous cultures around the world.” She went on to explain that the oldest evidence of boomerangs comes from Stone Age archeological sites in Poland, and centuries later were used by the ancient Egyptians. “Gold-tipped boomerangs were among the artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb,” she said.
Events include tossing multiple boomerangs, catching behind the back, under the legs and even between the feet.
“Boomerang tossing is one of the few sports where men and women can equally participate,” said Miale-Gix. “Dexterity, concentration and keeping fit are what counts in this sport. Physical strength does not give you an edge.”
Learn more about the U.S. Boomerang Association here.
You can see video of the tournament on My Edmonds News TV.