Gotta Catch 'Em All

By Rob Last edited 163 months ago
Gotta Catch 'Em All

If we told you that there one of the hopeful contestants in this year's Pokemon British Championships was a plucky guy from Croydon by the name of Dennis, you'd probably wish the little mite all the best and tell us to give him a friendly pat on the head from you.

However, if we told you that Dennis is actually a 41-year-old father of two, then that may change things a bit.

In fact Dennis' two kids (12-year-old Daniel and Leah, 10) will be competing alongside him in the championships in Woburn later this month (it should be a breeze after the city championships and regional championships they've already been through), and if they win they'll be going to San Diego to represent the UK in the world championships.

Dennis (who will be competing in the over 15s category) has been training every Tuesday evening in the Mitcham branch of McDonalds (yes, he's divorced) and is quoted as saying that Pokemon is "a good strategic game. It won't be a walkover. Daniel stands a good chance. He has got a good deck. He beats me most of the time and he knows what he's doing."

If this was a film it would come down to just Daniel verus his dad in the big final in America; they'd agree to split the winnings, and then Dennis would get back with the kid's mum and they'd all live happily ever after.

Do you see what you're missing out on Hollywood? Do you?

Last Updated 10 June 2005