Silver / 2018 / Press / Sports

Herri Kirolak (Basque rural sports)

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Sports
  • Photographer
    Lucia Herrero
  • Credit
    Published in Time Magazine

Basque rural sports have their origin in the rural occupations. They are allrooted in the traditional lifestyles of the Basque people. There are 18 official sports plus around 20 other modalities.I am attracted by “The origins of sport”. By watching these men and women performing one can easily imagine how an entertainment at the end of a working day can get transformed into a tradition.In this series I give special importance to the “training spaces” that are impregnated by a clandestine atmosphere if we compare them with the official Olympic games. They exercise in garages, forest, public spaces…The identity of a people is reflected in these practices. Some games are endangered of extinction and others are really popular. Winners receive a basque beret (txapela) as a trophy. Txapela comes from “champion” in Basque language.Some sports are: Stone lifting, wood chopping, bale lifting, tug-of-war, sack carrying, bowls, oxen stone-dragging.