Saturday, May 19, 2012

Crunch time: making money from a medieval extreme sport

Bathurst-based entrepreneur Rod Walker promotes what the History Channel calls “the most dangerous collision sport in history”: jousting.

The former coal miner keen on horses graduated to jousting by way of foot combat. His jousting business, Full Tilt, “kicked off” in 2003.

“Before that, jousting was just a hobby club,” says Walker, 41. “In a club,” he says, “everyone wants to do things their way - and if you’re trying to present a professional presentation, some people aren’t up for that and still want their say.”

In comparison, starting a business, being the boss and hiring people seemed easy, he says. The jousting shows he stages across Australia soon gathered steam.

Click here to read this article from the Sydney Morning Herald