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Conker champ appears on television

Conker champ appears on television
Sam with his World Championship trophy.
Wednesday 21st September 2011 by C. Freeman

World champion Sam Lewin has appeared on BBC’s The One Show, meeting celebrity guests and demonstrating his conker-playing skills. Sam, from Year 9, won the Intermediate class in the 2010 World Conker Championship and will defend his title next month.

In the run-up to the event he, and other reigning champions in the men’s, women’s and junior categories, was invited to appear on the show to reprise his winning moves.

Sam said: ‘Being on live television was more nerve-racking than being in the finals of the conker championship! We had a rehearsal and I briefly spoke to Chris Evans and Alex Jones before the show. It was a really good experience seeing how it was all filmed. I got to meet Philip Glenister from Ashes to Ashes and Fiona Bruce and they were both quite friendly.’

Sam had not played conkers much before he clinched the title: ‘It was a shock as I only entered the competition for a bit of fun! I won six or seven games to get through to the final. There were no tactics involved, I just tried to hit my opponent’s conker as hard as I could and tried not to get a snag, which is where the strings knot together. I got a trophy and some merchandise from the event’s sponsor and I am looking forward to this year’s competition which takes place near Oundle.’

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