It was a close call, but a Guinness World Record was set on Tuesday night at UNB.
Under the lights at BMO Centre, the largest recorded capture the flag game took place. The game began around 7:30 p.m. with 260 participants, breaking the previous record of 250.
“It went really well,” said Right To Play UNB club co-president Aly Pickard-Tattrie. She and other club members had been organizing Tuesday’s event for the past six months.
The record is still considered unofficial until approved by Guinness. Properly recording a world record attempt is no simple task.
“Everyone had to get documented coming in, clicked in, and write down their name on a piece of paper,” said Pickard-Tattrie. “Then we gave everyone a colour-coded piece of duct tape to divide the teams.”
The world record attempt was part of Martin Parnell’s coast-to-coast “Quest for Kids.” The longtime supporter of Right To Play is visiting 10 universities across Canada and hoping to break 10 different world records — along with raising $1-million for the organization.
Last night’s game started about hour late because they were short on participants. Parnell noted on his blog that volunteers were sent to find more people around campus who were willing to take part. The game started at 7:30 p.m. and lasted for roughly 15 minutes.
Parnell’s journey began on Sept. 19 at Quest University in British Columbia and ends on Oct. 14 in St. John’s at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. This is his 10th and final quest to raise money and awareness for the charity.
So far, although there have been some close calls, Parnell and university Right To Play clubs have broken eight different records ranging from volleyball and ball hockey to tunnel ball and Quidditch. He has two record attempts remaining — ultimate Frisbee at Mount Allison and ice hockey at MUN.
Right To Play, headquartered in Toronto, is a global organization that uses sports, games and play to teach children essential life skills to overcome things such as poverty and conflict.