Following on from Team GB’s first Olympic gold in a sport that no-one normally cares about, 6 year-old Chloe Roberts from Woking has emerged victorious from a closely fought game of musical chairs in Majorca.
Roberts, who is enjoying a two-week break in the resort of Cala D’or, saw off competition from the much fancied German and Dutch participants to claim top prize in front of a crowd of mildly intoxicated grown-ups.
The odds of a British triumph in the contest looked slim after the shock early exit of two of Britain’s leading contenders, 5 year-old Jake Hudson and 7 year-old Emily Staunton.
Hudson, who had claimed in the build up that he was definitely going to win, was distraught after his elimination, but his parents managed to soften the blow with a strawberry Chupa Chup and a glass of Fanta.
The contest was not without controversy after the referee, Crazy Carlos, failed to remove a chair after round 6.
The error worked to Roberts’ advantage, who secured a seat despite thinking her challenge had ended.
A protest by the Dutch number one, Tobias Griemink, was waved away by Carlos, and Roberts kept her cool to win the honours.
Roberts’ proud parents were delighted with their daughter’s success.
“What a performance,” beamed her father, 35 year old Gary Roberts.
“I’ve heard the Dutch are planning an appeal, but I’m confident the result will stand.”
Several of the British contingent who cheered Roberts to victory celebrated with a conga line around the pool before throwing up in the splash park and spending the night on some sun loungers.