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Axe throwers make their way to Lethbridge aiming for spot in nationals

Axe throwers make their way to Lethbridge aiming for spot in national championship
Dozens of the most talented axe throwers in Western Canada were in Lethbridge over the weekend. They were looking to chuck their way into a national championship. Kyle Benning was there to see who was aiming for the bull's-eye.

About 30 of the most talented axe throwers in Western Canada were in Lethbridge over the weekend looking to chuck their way into a national championship.

While anyone could sign up for this high-level competition, most competitors, including Allen and Sherry Silvaggio, started throwing for fun.

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“She heard [about this competition] through work I guess,” Allen said. “So I thought we’d check it out and it turned out to be a lot of fun.”
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“We thought we’d try something a little off-key,” Sherry said, “something where we could get out as a couple and [something to] make us laugh — and it did all that.”

The winner of the tournament receives a few hundred dollars and a berth at the axe-throwing nationals in Toronto next year.

More than 1,000 of the world’s best throwers will be vying for more than $16,000 at the National Axe Throwing Championships.

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Those who practise the hobby regularly say it isn’t hard to learn.

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“Anyone can come and be competitive, whether you’re a 12-year-old throwing an axe for the first time or our oldest person who has ever come here is 84,” True North Axe Throwing owner Tanner Kenney said. “As long as you kind of have a little bit of fine motor skills, you are able to go chuck an axe.”

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Allen and Sherry said they only started throwing axes about a month ago as a way to bond. Now, they say they play every week.