TORONTO, Canada, October 26 /PRNewswire/ --
- Wins First Ever All-Female Championship Final Match with a Dramatic Throw of Scissors Beating Paper to Win $10,000 Grand Prize
Local RPS talent prevailed when Monica Martinez, a jewelry store owner from Toronto who entered for fun, with no intention of winning, won match after match to eventually seize the title and the $10,000 grand prize.
On Saturday night, Monica battled for more than five hours with spirited walk-ons, seasoned RPS veterans spanning all parts of Canada and the US, and country champs and competitors from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Argentina.
We are honoured to award Monica the title of 2008 Yahoo! Rock Paper Scissors World Champion, says Graham Walker, Events Chairman, World RPS Society. A determined and focused competitor, Monica showed the stamina and discipline it takes to win this title. Now she is a World Champion.
This year, more than 700 players and spectators descended on Toronto's Steam Whistle brewery on Saturday night for the world's premier RPS event. It was a spirited night of sporting subculture competition featuring outrageous costumes, team jerseys, face paint, and a Street RPS competition (separate from the sanctioned main event).
We applaud the enthusiasm and sportsmanship showed by all the competitors, says Dave Soyka, Marketing Manager at Yahoo! Canada. Now it's Monica's time to shine as the new reigning Yahoo! RPS World Champion.
The prize for second place was $1,500, with the third prize winner going home with $500. Sarah Harris of Burlington, Ontario won the Street RPS competition and took home $1,000.
About The World RPS Society
The World RPS Society http://www.worldrps.com is dedicated to the promotion of Rock Paper Scissors as a fun and safe way to resolve disputes. We feel that conserving the roots of RPS is essential for the growth and development of the game and the players. The World RPS Society is involved in many areas of the sport, such as: research studies, workshops, tournaments at both local and international levels, book publishing, and much more.
About Yahoo! Canada
Yahoo! Canada Co. is a leading Internet destination that provides online products and services to meet the needs of Canadians and offers a range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users. Yahoo! Canada services Canadians in both English and in French through its sites, http://www.yahoo.ca and http://qc.yahoo.ca. In Canada, Yahoo! sites were visited by more than 16 million Canadians in September 2008 (comScore Media Metrix, September, 2008). Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
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