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No horsin' around as polo goes high-tech; Segways replace ponies to create a 'sport of equals'.

Byline: Duncan Gibbons Content editor duncan.gibbons@coventrytelegraph.net

HE'S already tried more than 400 bizarre sports such as footgolf, rush hockey and cage cricket.

And now BBC TV presenter V Mike Bushell has added Segway polo to that list during a visit to Rugby College. Mike had a go at Rthe sport and met several top players, including members of Team GB and Team England. [euro]e lm will be shown on BBC Breakfast this Saturday, ahead of the rst UK Segway Polo Tournament at egway the college on April 19.

Mark Weller, Team GB captain and founder of UK Segway Polo, said: "Mike demonstrated how straightforward the sport Segway Polo is - it took him egway just moments to get the hang of and by the end of the afternoon was scoring more goals than even some of the polo players! I'm looking forward to putting a league together imminently, so am inviting interested parties to get in touch - the more people who play, the better the league."

" Segway polo is similar to horse polo, except that instead of playing on horseback, each player rides a Segway PT, using rules which have been adapted from bicycle polo and horse polo. Two teams ofve players each hit a ball with their mallets, trying to get the ball into the other team's goal.

A regulation match consists of four eight-minute quarters, known in polo as "chukkers." [euro]e ball can be struck with the mallet or any part of a player's body ORSEGWAY but may only be directed using the mallet. A goal cannot be scored o- of any part of a player's body or Segway unless it occurs accidentally.

Mike said: "Rarely have I enjoyed a sport quite so much so quickly and Segway polo is one to watch.

"It's one where those of any tness level can take part, making it suitable for various purposes such as recreational hobbies, corporate team building days or group parties. It's also one in which players can excel relatively quickly... this really is a sport of equals."

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The players |get ready to roll at Rugby College and (below) BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell

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