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June 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Nova Lumberjacks Society (NLS) is pleased to announce the 2021 World Double Bit Axe Throwing Championships has been awarded to the Municipality of Barrington. The NLS 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 3-day event. The NLS who issued the bid is a Nova Scotia based, registered non-profit organization who 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.
President of the NLS, Burlin Nickerson says, “We are honoured to bring an event with this level of prestige to Canada, Nova Scotia and the community of Barrington. 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 instrumental in the development of axe throwing in Nova Scotia, said the event will attract “world class athletes who have competed in both the 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. We are AXEcited to show them what Barrington has to offer in putting together a world class event and showcasing our top-notch hospitality, I believe they will love the people here!”
The Municipality of Barrington is excited to welcome the World to Barrington next year. Eddie Nickerson, Warden of the Municipality of Barrington says, “The impact this event will have on our local economy, not only in Barrington but regionally will be phenomenal. 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.”
First on the agenda will be to put together a local organizing committee who will help set the stage for the championships. Local volunteers, support from businesses and various levels of government will be required to make this event a success. 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. If you would like to get involved with this event, please call the Municipality at 902-637-2015 or email .
Chris Frotten, CAO, Municipality of Barrington (902) 637-2015
Ryan McIntyre, Vice President, Nova Lumberjacks Society (902) 499-2727