Torquay, Devon, England.
For those of you over the age of 25, “It’s A Knockout !” means something. But for those of you who are a bit younger, “It’s A Knockout!” means: running around and over inflatable obstacles, whilst getting very wet!
“It’s A Knockout!” is organised by the RNIB in Torquay, Devon. It is a sponsored event raising funds for the local centre, Manor House. Manor House offers retraining for blind and partially sighted adults. This training can be in subjects as diverse as leather crafting to computer skills. The training is of a very high quality. I can speak from experience, as I took part in training with them at the end of 1999.
The events can best be described as bouncy, wet and wild. Over the years the events have included carrying large inflatable sausages through foam filled tunnels, carrying pieces of a rubber pyramid over a slippery slope, and firing water filled sponges over a castle wall with a D.I.Y. catapult. And of course Its A Knockout would not be Its A Knockout without dressing up as a frog and doing an assault course.
I have entered 3 teams over 2 years. The first team was in the year 2000, and the other 2 were in 2002. One of our teams in 2002, Deano’s Devils, came away with the winner’s cup. That was a surprise for the team, as we did not plan on even making it to the semis!
The teams are made up of 11 members. At least one of the team must be a VIP (Visually Impared Person).
“POSSIBLY THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE IN PUBLIC, WITHOUT GETTING ARRESSTED!!!”
Unfortunately, Manor House closed in the summer of 2004, so the last “Manor House” event took place on Sunday 1st August, 2004.