UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Is it a specialist, a jack of all trades, what draws people to the sport?

Having now seen racketlon gradually develop in the UK over the last 5 years, I was thinking - what are the traits that make a 
racketlon player?

There is the element of the ultimate racket sports challenge in racketlon. You don't have to play one sport, but four. Quite often players will also compete outside of racketlon tournaments in single sporting competition or social friendlies (even more fierce) so there is the challenge of trying to play four sports not just within yourself but also competing against others, who only perhaps pursue one. Winning in this circumstance is of course challenging! It is also perfectly possible, when you look at the synergy between the sports. Playing squash will improve a table tennis player's fitness and so on.

Then again, racketlon players quite often won't just play four sports. Then there is the football, the cricket, the chess...! Quite often it will be the challenge of juggling not only 4 pursuits but 7 or 8 and then there are a combination of jobs, study, family, etc - how is it possible to fit it in?

I think the answer is you don't even try. Schedules are flexed as to where perhaps previously a few days exercise a week are focussed on different things allowing the challenge of racketlon to be taken up. One sport or maybe two sports are practiced regularly at the most and the occasional tournament is played for fun and skills obtained over many years are used to battle wits against your opponent.

I therefore think the underlying factor in a racketlon player is attitude. It's the motivation to do something different, something challenging, that keeps you fit and is a way to be ranked in the top 100 in the country at a great new sport!

Where there is a will, there is a way, not all of us will be world champions, but we can have fun along the way.........