Hello, everyone, and thanks for reading this article!
Let’s start by introducing ourselves, if we may…
We are Jerome and Lucy – a married Canadian couple of Asian descent who are fitness enthusiasts, sports aficionados, and amateur game designers (when we have the time!). By day, we actually both work in the medical profession (in medical research and in medical records, respectively), and although we are now in our 40s, we do have fond memories of our youth when so many of us were coming up with wacky game/contest ideas on the fly! While one of us (Lucy) is more spontaneous and more likely to come up with random ideas, the other (Jerome) is more detail-oriented and more inclined toward expanding upon those said ideas. As each of us have lived - for long periods of our lives – very close to oceans and beaches, it perhaps is not totally surprising that one of the ideas that we have recently developed (and have seen gain some traction, too) is a couples’ sport/game/fitness challenge that takes place in water!
So, that brings us to the couples’ sport that we created - Ovasinax (pronounced like “Oh-Veigh-Sin-Axe”, and named via a Swedish phrase because important advice came to us from Sweden during the game’s conception)…
Ovasinax is a new tandem sport for couples that involves three male-female teams (at a time) competing against each other in a sprint foot race within a flat-floored shallow swimming pool. Coordination between team partners is important, and Ovasinax also tests the athleticism of each member of a team (couple) in different ways within the competitive environment. In simple terms, each Ovasinax contest consists of three phases for each team (couple) –
It should be noted that there is also a Beach Version (apart from the already-described Pool Version), but the Beach Version is extremely rare and can only be played on 2-3 beaches in the world, as far as we know. Also noteworthy is the fact that the female partner in each team (in any true Ovasinax competition) must not weigh less than two-thirds of the weight of her male partner.
As to how Ovasinax can be played by anyone who wants to do so, there are certain challenges that need to be taken care of, first…
With regards to Ovasinax competitions in general the main challenges are –
Regarding the future of Ovasinax…
What happens next, regarding Ovasinax is a bit hard to predict at present because of the hurdles (as described above) that prevent it from being played in many swimming pools, and also because we, as amateur designers, are not really in a position to dedicate more towards the growth of this game. However, we are not looking to profit through Ovasinax in any way, either; so, we would have no objection to someone else profiting through it without us being involved, as long as the game’s name and rules are maintained. There is no doubt that an Ovasinax tournament would contain an immense amount of fun and thrills; so, we do look forward to that. And, as per the feedback that we have received (along with some educated projections), four avenues that would be great for Ovasinax to take (concurrently or separately) on its way to the next level are –
If you would like to read more about Ovasinax and/or connect with us, that would be great…
The most relevant Ovasinax-related links are –
We would like to express our gratitude to the amazing Raquel Clavette (and the rest of the Thavin & Marcob team) for giving us this opportunity to share some information about Ovasinax! And, perhaps, there could even be a “Thavin & Marcob Tournament Of Ovasinax”, one day (where the top prize will be - the “Raquel Clavette Trophy”)!
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!