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Barrington hits the bullseye and named host for 2021 world axe throwing championships

The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED
The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED
BARRINGTON, N.S. —

During a time that’s been punctuated by cancellation after cancellation of community activities and large-scale events due to COVID-19 comes some good news that has the Municipality of Barrington AXE-cited for next year.

It has been announced that the best axe throwers from around the world will gather in this southwestern Nova Scotia municipality for the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships.

The Nova Lumberjacks Society (NLS) says it was extremely pleased with the municipality’s overall bid to host the 2021 Championships, which will see more than 125 competitors from around the world participate in this three-day event. The dates have yet to be announced. 

The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED
The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED

The NLS, which issued the bid, is a Nova Scotia based, registered non-profit organization that were awarded the right to host the 2021 World championships, based on their experience and success in hosting previous events including the 2018 and 2019 Canadian Axe Throwing Championships in Liverpool, and for the last four years, the Nova Scotia Lumberjack Championships.

The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED
The Municipality of Barrington in southwestern NS has been selected to host the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships. Previous world championships have been held in Germany and Sweden. CONTRIBUTED

“We are honoured to bring an event with this level of prestige to Canada, Nova Scotia and the community of Barrington,” says NLS president Burlin Nickerson. “Bringing the best axe throwers in the world to Nova Scotia is a dream and an enormous responsibility, but with the support of the community of Barrington, we believe we can deliver the best world championship ever held in the sport.”

Local world log rolling champion and NLS director Darren Hudson, who has also competed on the world axe throwing stage himself and has been instrumental in the development of axe throwing in Nova Scotia, says the event will attract world-class athletes who have competed in both world championships in Germany and Sweden.

“They are looking forward to bringing their families to Nova Scotia, not only to compete but to experience Canada for the first time,” says Hudson, who says they are thrilled to showcase to the athletes what the Barrington area will offer. “Putting together a world class event and showcasing our top-notch hospitality, I believe they will love the people here.”

Barrington Warden Eddie Nickerson says hosting this event is great news.

“The impact this event will have on our local economic, not only in Barrington but regionally, will be phenomenal,” he says. “I know our community and volunteers will help create a memorable experience for the competitors, many of whom will be first-time visitors to Nova Scotia and Canada. “We are grateful the Nova Lumberjacks Society has entrusted us to host such a high caliber event in rural Nova Scotia.”

Now that the Municipality of Barrington has been selected, one of the first things on the agenda is to put together a local organizing committee that will help set the stage for the championships. That committee will be pulled together over and next couple of months.

Selecting the dates for the world championship event will be one of the first orders of business for the organizing committee.

“Local volunteers, support from businesses and various levels of government will be required to make this event a success,” reads a media release. “Beyond the economic impacts of hosting a world championship, it will build community pride, showcase our capabilities and communities, encourage people to take up the sport and leave a lasting social impact on the community.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the event is asked to call the municipality at 902-637-2015 or express their interest by email at info@barringtonmunicipality.com.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of Barrington was also supposed to host a return of the Nova Scotia Lumberjack Competition at the Wild Axe Park in July. Due to the COVID situation for the time being that event has been postponed to the fall, although no dates have been selected given the current public health restrictions. 

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