WHEN you think of polo, you think horses, royalty and wealth.
They do things a little differently at Thurgoona.
A group of Charles Sturt University students play polo there each week — not on horseback but on bicycles.
“A lot more people have the skills to ride a bike than to ride a horse,” Charlie Eager said of the CSU sport, which is being promoted as part of NSW Bike Week, an annual celebration that ends tomorrow.
A fair bit of skill is required to manoeuvre a bike through a maze of riders to get to the ball.
“There’s always a few stacks but we’ve never had any major injuries,” Mr Eager said.
“We take it at quite a slow pace and use plastic mallets and a tennis ball — the equipment is not too dangerous.”
Anyone can join in the bike-polo at Thurgoona Oval on Mondays from 4pm — all you need is a bike and a helmet.
If you’re not a member of Green Adventure People, the group that runs bike-polo, a gold coin donation is required.
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