Hardcourt Bike Polo is one of Ottawa‘s favorite sports. Although there are no sponsors, billboards, grandiose and scale venues, the Hardcourt Bike Polo which is held every week at a park in Little Italy still attracts a lot of many local people’s attention.
The appeal of Hardcourt Bike Polo is so big that people here call it ballet on the bike. With their ingenuity, agility, and intelligence, the players have provided an impressive play despite just following a ball on the field. Each turn, jump, brake, accelerate and tilt the driver so the audience cannot take their eyes off. They have skillfully dealt with any unexpected situations so that they do not fall from their bikes. In general, polo bike hardcourt has shown the smart, quick-witted and skillful of players.
Appearing since the 1908 Olympics, Hardcourt Bike Polo has maintained its popularity worldwide, including Ottawa. This sport came here thanks to a courier staff named Angelo Sarrazin. He discovered the bike polo hardcourt in Seattle at the beginning of the 21st century. Because of his interest in the sport, Angelo Sarrazin went to see the Bike Messenger World Cup, which was a major tournament held in Seattle in 2003. Later, when returning to Ottawa, Angelo Sarrazin gathered her friends Allan Grier and Alexis Mills to form Mallets of Mayhem – the first Hardcourt Bike Polo club in North America.
Angelo Sarrazin shared that at first things were very messy. However, skills have improved over time so the club has gone into order. Mallets of Mayhem has brought a relaxed atmosphere, relaxed and relieved stress. For example, Justin Matheson is a regular member every Sunday afternoon for 3 years. He said that the reason he came here was to free himself from real life with his two small children.
The outfit of the players is relatively simple and comfortable. They usually wear only t-shirts, shorts or jeans and protective gear.