BlogFun FridayGirl, nine, crowned world puddle-jumping champion

Girl, nine, crowned world puddle-jumping champion

Charlie Sleight competed against 400 people in the battle for one of the country's most bizarre titles.

A nine-year-old girl has been crowned the world puddle-jumping champion after defying her mother's tellings-off.

Charlie Sleight competed against 400 people in the battle for one of the country's most bizarre titles.

She was praised for the height of the splash she created, as well as the style of her jump when the annual event was held at Wicksteed Park, Kettering.

Charlie, from Kettering, won the title the day before her tenth birthday and said: "This is the best present ever!

"I love jumping in puddles but my mum doesn't normally let me as I make the house dirty when I get home!"

More than 400 competitors were judged on height of jump, enthusiasm, distance of splash and stickability (the amount of mud which clings to each competitor).

But the majority of marks were given for the size of a competitor's splash.

The event – part of a free PlayDay on Wednesday October 29 – was part of the park's drive to encourage children – and adults – to get out into the fresh air and have fun.

The park was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families' health and well-being.

A special series of championship-standard puddles were created at the park and competitors of all ages were encouraged to jump in and make a splash.

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