Is extreme ironing an official sport? And in 2003, Phil Shaw even published the book Extreme Ironing. Now, in 2016, De Montfort University in Leicester has recognised extreme ironing as an official sport of the university, with the introduction of the DMU Extreme Ironing Club.
Why is extreme ironing a sport? The Extreme Ironing Bureau states that the sport “combines the thrill of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
When did extreme ironing become a sport? The sport of extreme ironing was introduced by Tony Hiam in the year of 1980, in Yorkshire Dales National Park, near Settle, England. Although some referred that extreme ironing was originated in 1997 by Phil Shaw in Leicester, England. In June 1999, Shaw started promoting the activity with a nickname “Steam”.
What do you need to participate in extreme ironing? The participants must use an ironing board that has a minimum length of 1 meter and a width of 30 centimetres. The board must have legs. The irons used in the event should be the real one made from iron. The use of plastic irons is completely prohibited.