Oz man wins World Santa competition in Sweden

November 26th, 2007 - 7:50 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Nov 27 (ANI): An Australian mans chimney climbing skills and gentle nature with children have won him the World Santa Claus championship, held in Sweden recently.

Perth’s Dave Downey won the gold medal at the Snoyran Santa Games in Gallivare by beating 30 other contestants from around the world.

“Three years in training to be a Santa and now it’s all paid off,” news.com.au quoted him as telling the Ten Network.

The competitors participated in five sports during the eventviz., chimney climbing, reindeer racing, kick sled racing, porridge eating and Santa’s Christmas Eve.

When Downey was asked how he practiced for the competition, he said: “Kangaroos, sheep, porridge eating, of course, the usual Santa activities. It’s just a bit harder in the heat that’s all.”

Elisabeth Landby, Santa Games official secretary, said that after three years of competing, Downey had grown into the role of Santa and had the style judges were looking for.

“He was in third place during most of the time during the competition, but he impressed the judges during the chimney climbing and jumped to first place,” she said.

“He was popular among the children … the children thought he was a good Santa,” she added.

Along with the title of top Santa, Downey was conferred a gold medal, a diploma and a hand-made sculpture of Santa. (ANI)

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