Max Dickins, Champion of the World

By Max Dickins

I'm about to turn 28, can I become a world champion before I turn 30?

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I don’t know when I stopped dreaming. I can’t put my finger on a precise moment in time. But it was somewhere in my mid-twenties. And here I am weeks away from my 28th birthday, staring 30 down the barrel, wondering where all the time’s gone. When you hit 30 you want to have achieved something significant in your life. But what have I done? I once ate 15 doughnuts in a minute at university with my hands tied behind my back. That was my Everest.

So I can’t tell you exactly when it was that I stopped dreaming, but I can tell you exactly when it was that I realised I had done. It was Sunday October 4 th 2015. I was hungover. It was a cold afternoon. And I was lying on my sofa watching the Rugby World Cup on the TV. Young men at the top of their game, living out their dreams. My Dad used to take me to Twickenham when I was a kid. I’d stand up in the cheap seats and blast out the national anthem convinced that one day I’d be stood there on the pitch, red rose on my chest, doing it for real. It never happened of-course. But I was convinced it might. The glorious delusion of youth. Supine on the couch, covered in crisp shrapnel, I wondered to myself: what happened to that young boy?

I’ve lost that naivety of my youth. When anything was possible. So in that moment of realisation I promised myself I would recapture that spirit of old.

I would challenge myself to become a world champion at something by the time I turned 30.

I am 28 in November 2015. So that gives me almost exactly two years. This book will that story.

What could I be a champion of?

I have already started my journey, researching the sports I might conquer. And the truth is, as I have barely 24 months to become a champion, it will probably be in something a bit shit. Such as:

The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland. Or the Blackawton International Festival of Worm Charming. Or perhaps the World Nettle Eating Championships in Dorset.

But no matter. We can’t all be Lionel Messi or Sir Chris Hoy. But we all have a tiny area in the gamut of human experience where we can reign supreme. We all have the capacity to grasp at a sliver of greatness. And that is what this book is about. Perhaps my sliver of greatness is picking up my as-yet non-existent wife and lumping her around an assault course in rural Helsinki? I certainly plan to find out.

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    Max Dickins is an acclaimed comedian and writer, who has written for and performed on TV both sides of the Atlantic. He started life as radio presenter on Absolute Radio, where he was nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Award. His first book My Groupon Adventure will be published by Unbound in 2016. www.maxdickins.com

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