Moving away from the positives vs. negatives Segway debate or discussing the various types available on the market, I’d now like to focus on some of the Segway related Sports. This particular article is about Segway Polo.
Although Segway Polo only really became established in the UK last year, the origins of the Sport date back to as early as 2003. Although it is still not considered a major Sport, Segway Polo is gaining popularity with more and more teams forming around the globe. Countries such as the United States, Barbados, Spain, Germany and Lebanon, already have established teams.
You may be surprised to know, that even though Segway Polo is still in its relative infancy, both European Championships and World Championships have already been held and have been running now for some time. The first European Championships was held back in 2010 but the first official World Championships was held two years before and has been played each year since in various countries. There are many more other tournaments held throughout the year also as more and more countries get involved with the Segway Polo revolution. The World Governing Body of Segway Polo is known as the ISPA. The ISPA was founded in 2007.
Hi. Hope you enjoyed the positive Segway post of last time. Felt so much better than writing the negative stuff of the first two posts, but with such a divisive device, I have to cover both sides of the coin. Unfortunately one seems to be a lot heavier than the other, and we all know which one!
Anyway, Segways in their various forms have been in the news a little bit this year, again with articles about why they have failed blah blah, but also some positive stuff. There has obviously been the release of the “Segway Hoverboard”, which do seem a little cooler than your standard Segway. With this release there have been many high-profile musicians and actors and general celebrities that have made the board a “must-have” for the kids of today. There has been a recent music video with five dancers using the boards, choreographed by LA based David Moore and dancing along to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”, that has gained over three million views on YouTube in just over a month! The video is OK but it’s not that amazing, ha. Click on the picture !
With some bigger news there is the acquisition of the Segway company by a Chinese firm (and the help of a few other backers). The company, called Ninebot, make a Chinese version of the Segway and this is a strange outcome because only this year Segway tried to start legal proceedings against the company because they claim they copied their design. Funny how things turn out, right? Segway’s arch-enemy may actually turn out to be its saviour!