Meet WA’s international champion pip-spitter Clayton Ellis

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Steve ButlerThe West Australian
VideoManjimup Cherry Pip spitting champion Clayton Ellis has just returned from New Zealand where he won the Olive Pip spitting competition.

WA’s champion pip-spitter has a warning his rivals will find tough to swallow.

Clayton Ellis, Manjimup’s reigning cherry pip spitting champion, has now added the New Zealand national title for olive stone launching by mouth and is adamant his most explosive performance is still to come.

“I’m getting better by the day,” Mr Ellis told The West Australian, revealing he had first recognised his talent four years ago while pinging pips around the Newton Brothers Orchards shed in Manjimup where he works.

Mr Ellis said his talent was in a special curl of his tongue he had developed and a good set of lungs.

He spat his cherry pip 9.2 metres off the back of a truck last December to claim the Manjimup title, which afforded him the flight and accommodation trip to New Zealand, a mug with his name engraved on it and $100.

Manjimup cherry pip spitting champion Clayton Ellis.
Camera IconManjimup cherry pip spitting champion Clayton Ellis. Credit: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian

But his record-breaking olive stone spit of 12.64m onto a set mat a fortnight ago was even more satisfying as it set a new record for New Zealand.

His prize haul included a shirt, a cap and a bottle of olive oil and he also finished second in the wine barrel race on a day where champions were also crowned in speed shearing, coal shovelling and tree climbing.

“It’s good for Manjimup,” he said.

“The New Zealanders were even quite pleased, they thought it was unreal how far I spat the olive.

It was good enough for me just to win the Manjimup one so I’m just over the moon, really. I’m an international champion.”

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