Who's Fishing?

BELOW YOU WILL FIND OUR COMPETITORS FOR THIS YEARS CHAMPIONSHIP. WE WILL KEEP UPDATING THE LIST AS THE EVENT GETS CLOSER.

Barry Hearn
Barry Hearn

Number of times fished in the Competition: 6
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 16

A chartered accountant by profession. Barry Hearn is chairman of the largest privately owned sports event and management company in Europe. With over 45 years experience in client representation and staging televised events Matchroom Sport are the leaders in their field. Matchroom Sport are responsible for creating over 1000 hours of live televised sport annually. Producing live broadcasting for Sports including, Boxing, Darts, Fishing, Gymnastics, Snooker,Table Tennis, Pool and Ten Pin Bowling.

An aptly named documentary narrated by Sir David Jason titled "The People's Promoter" aired on BBC2 in 2012. The programme gave a unique insight into Barry's thriving family run Matchroom empire and why it is so successful. Barry's achievements in the World of boxing were recognised in 2013 when along with former undefeated Super Middleweight Champion of the World Joe Calzaghe he was inducted into the prestigious Boxing Hall of Fame. 

Barry is also Chairman of the PDC and the WPBSA. A keen fisherman, he recently landed a 46lb carp on a lake in France, Barry is yet to win the Sport Stars Fishing Championship but came 4th in 2013 and in 2018 won the Team Championship for the first time. In last years championship his Team Matchroom were narrowly pipped into 2nd place by the winning Super League team.

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Steve Davis O.B.E
Steve Davis O.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 6
Best Place: 5th
Total Fish Caught: 16

Former professional snooker player Steve Davis O.B.E was born in Plumstead London in 1957. An almost constant presence throughout the televised snooker revolution of the 1980's, Steve went on to win the World Championship six times and was ranked World number one for seven consecutive seasons.

He was also the first player to complete Snookers triple crown in the 1997/1998 season by winning the UK Open, The Masters and the World Championship simultaneously. Steve’s career and that of his fierce rival Alex Higgins has also been featured in the excellent comedy drama 'The Rack Pack', which can be seen on BBC iPlayer.

Steve is regulary seen working as an analyst on the sport he played so prodigiously, notably for the BBC at the World Championships held at the Crucible in Sheffield. Steve is now a professional DJ and has appeared at the world famous Glastonbury festival for the past 4 years. A father to two boys, Greg and Jack, Steve was also awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1988.

"The Nugget" has fished in the last six Championships and came a credible 5th in the 2015 event.

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Mark Williams M.B.E
Mark Williams M.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 4
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 24
What can we say! What a competitor. In May 2018 Mark won his third world title defeating Scotsman John Higgins 18-16 in a thrilling final. Williams won his first world world championship in 2000 and then again in 2003. Born in Wales, Williams became the first left handed player ever to win the World Title. A prolific potter of the ball, Mark has compiled over four hundred century breaks throughout his career. Viewing all Marks posts on social media, I think it's safe to say Mark enjoys life outside of snooker. This will be his fourth time appearance at the Fishing competition. He won the singles championship on his first attempt in 2017. His Team Snooker have also won the team event twice. Mark couldn’t make last years event,which was just as well as his team mates were absolutely trounced, finishing bottom. We know that he will be desperate to regain both titles and beat Barry Hearn in the process ! We wish him well.
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Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 3
Total Fish Caught: 8

In 2018 Eddie Hearn turned up at Gold Valley Lakes in hand made Italian shoes, chinos and an expensive jumper. Sartorrially probably not the best clobber to wear at a fishing event but when you are the biggest and best boxing promoter in the world you can get away with stuff like that! Once Eddie sat down things started to happen. Phone jammed to his ear, the fish began to fly in the net and before the day was out Eddie had caught 50lbs of fish and finished 3rd in the singles event. He also helped Team Matchroom capture the team event for the first time. Eddie has promoted two of the biggest grossing promotions ever staged, namely the Anthony Joshua v Vitali  Klitshko fight at Wembley in 2017 and the Anthony Joshua  v Andy Ruiz return fight in Saudi Arabia in December last year. 

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Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 15
Total Fish Caught: 2

Unquestionably the greatest darts player ever. The 16 times world champion will be making his first appearance in the competition since 2014.  Phil retired in 2018, leaving the sport by winning the World Matchplay in July and missing out on a fairytale finish by losing to Rob Cross in the final of the  William Hill World Championship in December. Winning in excess of 85 major titles, Phil is still immensely popular on the exhibition circuit. The 59 year old will be linking up with title sponsors Target Darts and appearing in their strong four man team. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him on August the 18th.

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Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 18
Total Fish Caught: 4
Born in Musselburgh Scotland in 1970 the 2 time PDC champion of the world will be fishing in the competition for the second time. Gary won back to back world titles in 2015 and 2016 is currently ranked number 8 in the PDC order of merit. 48 year old Gary keeps saying he's not the player he used to be but we feel he will be around for a few more years yet. Outside of darts Gary lives quietly with partner Rachel and his 2 children in Burnham on Sea Somerset. Gary fished a little as a child and returned to the sport a few years ago. He is now something of an obsessive and has recently purchased 3 lakes of his own.
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David Seaman M.B.E
David Seaman M.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 21
Total Fish Caught: 3
We are delighted to announce that goalkeeping legend David Seaman will be returning this year to fish in the Target Sport Stars Fishing Championship. A keen fisherman, David won 75 caps for England and made 405 appearances for Arsenal. In a career spanning 23 years David won 6 major titles and appeared in 2 World Cup and 2 European Championships. He is certainly one of the top 3 or 4 goalkeepers this country has ever produced. In last years event David caught 11lb of fish and finished 21st in the table.
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Steven Thompson MBE
Steven Thompson MBE

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

The 41 year old rugby star has reached the absolute pinnacle of his sport. In 2003 he, along with his team mates defeated the favourites and host country Australia to become World Champions and lift the Web Ellis Cup in a nail biting 20-17 victory. Born in Hemel Hempstead, Steve gained 73 caps for his country before retiring from International duty and from the sport in general in 2011 due to a re-occurring neck injury. Since then Steve has been living in Dubai and working on ESPN. Steve will be making  his 1st appearance in the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. He says he can fish and like all our competitors will be keen to win.

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Dr Mark Prince O.B.E
Dr Mark Prince O.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 5
Total Fish Caught: 6
Marks world collapsed in 2006, when his 15 year old son Kiyan, a prodigious footballer on the books at QPR was killed in a senseless stabbing on the streets of London. To imagine the depths of despair that Mark would have fallen to is nigh on impossible to comprehend. Since that day Mark has worked tirelessly to impress a different mindset to the youngsters contemplating a gang culture mentality. Through the Kiyan Prince Foundation, Mark has reached over 84000 youngsters letting them know that knife and gun crime has no place in society. A former boxer, Mark compiled a record of 23 wins with just 1 defeat. The 50 year old has recently been awarded the OBE and in a stunning gesture and in recognition to both Mark and his son, Kiyans former club QPR are to rename their ground the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. This will be Marks second time fishing in the championship. Last year he fished superbly and caught 35lb of fish. We look forward to seeing him compete this year.
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James Wade
James Wade

Number of times fished in the Competition: 4
Best Place: 8
Total Fish Caught: 10
Professional darts player James Wade became the youngest player to win a major PDC title at the World Matchplay in 2007 at the age of 24. James also won the World Grand Prix in 2007 and 2010, the UK Open in 2008 and 2011, the Premier League in 2009, the Championship League in 2010 and the Masters in 2014. His last major win was in 2018 when he lifted the European Championship. James is currently ranked 9 in the PDC order of merit and is still a major threat. A keen fisherman, Gold Valley Lakes, last years venue, is James local lake and he should do well at Tunnel Barn Fishery this year.
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Rob Cross
Rob Cross

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 6
Total Fish Caught: 6
Rob Cross turned the darting world on its head when at the first time of asking and within a year of turning professional he won the William Hill World Championship in 2018. The story gets event better when you learn that he only travelled by chance to Norwich for a Rileys qualifier that set in motion one of the most amazing sequence of events in UK sporting history. Now firmly ensconced as a top player Cross has a massive future. Still only 29 the former electrician has also won the World Matchplay and the European Championship. Rob is a keen fisherman and finished 6th in 2018 catching 36llb in weight. We wish him the best of luck and hope he has a great time at Tunnel Barn Fishery.
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Jamie Jones -Buchanan
Jamie Jones -Buchanan

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 8th
Total Fish Caught: 9
Jamie Jones-Buchanan will be returning this year as one of the four defending team champions squad in this years Target Sport Stars Fishing Championship. The 38 year old,  along with Joshua Charnley, Tom Briscoe and Dom Crosby make a welcome return and will be trying desperately hard to retain their title. Jamie has had an illustrious career and competed at the highest level possible in his chosen sport. Playing his entire career with one club Leeds, he has won, 6 Super League Championships, 3 World Club Challenges, 3 League Finals and 1 Challenge Cup Final. Jamie has also played for England and Great Britain. He has had a stellar career and is now coach for Leeds Rhinos. We look forward to seeing him and his team on the day.
Josh Warrington
Josh Warrington

Number of times fished in the competition: N.A

Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

Its always great to have new competitors fishing. Its even better when the sportsman we invite are at the top of their game. This is most certainly the case with IBF featherweight champion of the world. Undefeated in 30 fights, the Leeds United Football Club fanatic has made 3 successful defences of his title since winning the title against Lee Selby in 2017 at Elland Road. With unification fights looming Josh has a bright future. Coupled with the ability to pack out venues, once we get back to normality, should see the featherweight king feature in some huge nights at Elland Road. Josh tells us he's not really a fisherman but his dad keeps trying to get him to start. We hope he has a great day.

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Hayley Turner OBE
Hayley Turner OBE

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 23
Total Fish Caught: 2

Until last year Hayley had never fished before. She enjoyed the day so much that she asked if she could fish again and we are delighted to see her return. Born in Nottingham 36 years ago professional jockey Hayley rode her first winner in June 2000. She rode her first group winner on Lady Deauville in the Lando-Trophy in Germany in November 2000. Attributed with being the only female jockey to sustain a day to day successful career in the sport, Hayley has ridden over 1500 winners in her career. In 2016 Hayley was awarded the OBE for her services to horse racing. She recently steered long shot Onassis over the line at Ascot to win the Sandringham Stakes for the 2nd year in succession. We wish Hayley the best of luck this year and hopes she does well.

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Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis

Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 4
Total Fish Caught: 5

Two time world champion and world number 14 Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis will be making his third appearance at the Sport Stars Fishing Championship. Recently Adrian has won a Pro Tour event In Wigan and his form is improving after a period of inconsistency. Still only 35, Adrian has plenty of time to win more PDC titles. A keen angler, Adrian came a respectable fourth in the 2014 event which was held at our previous Shepherds Way venue. Then last year Adrian fished brilliantly to finish in 3rd position behind world match fishing champion Tamas Walter and quality angler Jimmy Bullard. But with Tamas being a professional angler his total weight did not count in the singles competition, thus elevating Jackpot to 2nd place. Adrian caught 81lbs of fish in the process which was a massive haul and helped his Team Target squad to finish a credible 3rd in the team rankings.

 

 



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Spencer Oliver
Spencer Oliver

Number of times fished in the Competition: 5
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 24
European Super Bantamweight Champion from 1997-1998. Unfortunately Spencer suffered life threatening injuries that curtailed a magnificently promising career. Thankfully Spencer made a full recovery and now works on Sky's illustrious boxing team, a job he has held since 1998. Subsequently he is now one of the leading boxing commentators in the country. Although not a serious angler Spencer won the previously titled PDC Fishing Championship which took place at Shepherds Way lake in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire in September 2014. Spencer has appeared in every Championship bar two and in 2018 caught his biggest carp to date.

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Ian White
Ian White

Number of times fished in the Competition: 3
Best Place: 7th
Total Fish Caught: 7
49 year old Ian " Diamond " White will be making his fourth appearance in the Fishing Championship. The Stoke born darts player has been a professional darts since 2010 and in that period he has progressed to become the number 11th ranked player in the world. He reached the quarter finals of the UK Open in March 2017 and has won 12 PDC  championship qualifying events including the European Darts Grand Prix and Dutch Darts Masters. Like a lot of the darts players, Ian is a keen fisherman, we wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him compete this year.
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Ali Hamidi
Ali Hamidi

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
A massive Liverpool fan, Ali Hamidi makes his first appearance in the Sport Stars Fishing Championship this year. In 2018 Ali was a team manager but was somewhat disadvantaged by one of his Team Boxing team not making it on the day ! Ali is a seriously good fisherman and can be seen presenting and participating in some of the biggest fishing shows on TV including, Monster Carp and The Big Fish Off. The 40 year old, who gained a BA in Media and Marketing from Manchester University should do well in this years competition.
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Johnny Nelson
Johnny Nelson

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
The Sky Sports presenter makes a welcome first appearance at the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The 53 year old former WBO Cruiserweight champion of the world has fished at least once before to our knowledge. In 2017, along with Ricky Hatton and another of this years competitors Ali Hamidi, Johnny fished in the popular ITV4 fishing series The Big Fish Off. Since retiring in 2005 as undefeated world champion Johnny has worked consistently for Sky and can be seen ringside at all the major fights around the world. We wish him the best of luck at Tunnel Barn.
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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 31
Total Fish Caught: 2
The 29 year old St Helens darts star started playing darts as a way of releasing the boredom when he incurred a bad accident riding a bike at the age of 15. Since turning pro in 2012 he has won numerous PDC events including, 3 Uk Open qualifiers, 4 Euro Pro Tour Events, 2 Players Championship qualifiers and The Shanghai Masters. Michael came to prominence in 2013 when he won the World Youth Championship. The world number 5 fished in this event in 2018 and came a disappointing 31st. As with all our uber competitive line up, it’s something he will want to rectify at Tunnel Barn Fishery.
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Pamela Cookey
Pamela Cookey

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 14
Total Fish Caught: 4

Pamela Cookey is an international netball player. Born in Birmingham in 1984, the 34 year old has played with Team Bath and Surrey Storm since the conception of the Netball Super League in 2005. The former University of Bath student has represented and captained her country in 2 Commonwealth Games, winning bronze in both 2006 and 2010. She also won silver in the World Netball Series in 2010. Cookey has also won the Super League 7 times, five times with Team Bath and twice with Surrey Storm. In 2013 whilst captaining her country, the 5 foot 11 inch player helped England white wash the Australians in the test series. In an illustrious career Pamela was widely recognised as one of the worlds best attacking players and although very recently retired, she has now become a member of Sky Sports commentary team. Until last year Pamela had never fished before. But what a great day she had! Fishing magnificently Pamela caught 24lb of fish and along with her Team Netball team finished a credible 5th in the team event. It will be interesting to see how they shape up this year.

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Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 7

Josh Charnley returns this year as a reigning Team Super League champion. In last years event Josh fished superbly finishing 4th in the singles order of merit catching 65lb of fish. A professional Rugby League player, he plays on the wing for Warrington Wolves. He started his career playing for Wigan Warriors where he won 2 Super Club Championships. In 2016 Josh crossed over to Rugby Union playing for Aviva Premier League side Sale Sharks for 2 seasons. Charnley returned to Warrington at the beginning of 2018. He has also played 8 times for England. The 27 year old, will be resuming his career, along with the rest of the Rugby League industry later this month after a 26 week break We wish him the best of luck in both his career and in this years championship.

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Tom Briscoe
Tom Briscoe

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 6th
Total Fish Caught: 7th
The 30 year old rugby league star along with Jamie Jones Buchanan, Tom Crosby and Joshua Charnley returns as a defending champion. In last years competition it was difficult to see what body part was ok and what body part was damaged. Not unduly worried Tom, along with the rest of Team Super League got on with the job in hand amassing a whopping 179lb worth of fish. Tom also finished 6th in the singles order of merit catching 44lbs of fish. More importantly he walked away, well hobbled away, with the team title. Professionally Tom plays for Leeds Rhinos. He has also represented his country 15 times. Along with the rest of his team Tom is a keen angler. Now the cat is out of the bag it will be interesting to see what Team Super League can do in 2020.
Darren Webster
Darren Webster

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 7
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 12

Darren Webster is a full time PDC professional darts player. Born in Norwich he is currently ranked 29th in the World, Darren has appeared in most of the Major televised events over the last 36 months. A consistent threat to all the major names in his sport. He reached the semi finals of both the Players Championship and U.K Open and the last 16 of the World Championships in 2016. In 2017 Darren reached the last 8 stage in the World Matchplay and the World Championship. He also won a Players Championship qualifiying event in July . A keen fisherman Darren will be making his eighth appearance in the PDC Fishing Championship having won the inaugural Championship in 2013.

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Chris Mason
Chris Mason

Number of times fished in event: 5

Best Place: 7th
Total Fish Caught: 11

Former professional darts player Chris Mason was successful on the PDC circuit in the late 90s and early 2000s. He reached the quarter final of the World Championship in 2003 and was semi finalist in the World Matchplay in 1998. Chris now works with ITV's highly authorative team of commentators on their Televised events which include the Unibet Masters, The Players Championship Finals and the UK Open Finals. He also works for Talk Sport covering Darts on their award winning radio station. Chris has fished in five of the previous Fishing Championships and tells us every year "this is the year " . We intend to be around for a long time yet so we are sure that one year it will be his year !

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Dom Crosby
Dom Crosby

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 16th
Total Fish Caught: 3
29 year old Dom Crosby plays prop forward for the current Leeds Rhino team. The 6ft 4 inch Super League star was another player who turned up at Gold Valley last year in need of a bit of TLC. Along with Mr Charnley, Buchanan and Briscoe they all fished superbly and headed back North with the team event title safely tucked away. This year of course we are in different surroundings and as in any sport, the defence can be trickier than the challenge. So it will be interesting to see what Dom and his team mates can conjure up this year. Professionally Dom has played over 140 matches in the Betfred Super League. He has also won the Super League Grand Final in 2016 whilst playing for Wigan Warriors.
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Garry Plummer
Garry Plummer

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 17
Total Fish Caught: 3

Garry Plummer MD of our title sponsors Target Darts returns again this year. Team Target fished superbly in 2019 finishing 3rd in the team event. He started fishing at the age of 11, learning the necessary skills from his grandfather and fishes regularly. Garry, who started at Target as a 14 year old brings a strong team to this years event. His team consists of PDC world champions Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Rob Cross. All four can fish so it will be interesting to see if they can go at least one place better at Tunnel Barn Fishery. Interesting fact, although he manufactures darts for some of the best players in the world including, Lewis,Taylor, Cross and Raymond Van Barneveld, he is yet to throw a 180 with his own darts.

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Steve Collett
Steve Collett

Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 20

An Anglers Mail columnist and former British Angling Champion. Steve is the holder of the 3rd and 6th Sport Stars Fishing Championship. He also finished 3rd in 2016 and 5th in 2017. He has also been a successful business man who retired to follow his passion for fishing. Having won the singles championship twice, we are pretty certain that Steve will again find a way to finish amongst the leaders in the 2020 Target Sport Stars Fishing Championship.We wish him the best of luck.

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Mikki Austin
Mikki Austin

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 24
Total Fish Caught: 1
26 year old Mikki Austin plays netball for Surrey Storm. She has been fans player of the year for the last 3 seasons and in 2018 she was appointed director of netball for the club. Since joining Storm in 2015, she has helped them enjoy back to back Superleague titles in 2015 and 2016. In 2019's championship its fair to say that Mikki, along with her Team Netballl squad fished superbly. It's the best thing for us as event organisers, to see people who would not necessarily go fishing enjoy the day. We hope Mikki, who is also a presenter on the Sky Sports Darts team, plus her teammates have a fantastic time in 2020
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Ian Burns
Ian Burns

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 12th
Total Fish Caught: 9
Ian Burns is a professional snooker player born in Preston in 1985. In 2017 Ian coached fellow snooker player Mark Williams to a stunning victory. This year Ian gets his third chance to fish in the competition. Since turning professional in 2012 Ian has steadily got better. He has reached the semi final of both the Paul Hunter Classic and the Welsh open. Ian is currently ranked 80th in the order of merit. We wish him good luck in both his career and in this years Championship.
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Harry Hughes
Harry Hughes

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A

22 year old Harry Hughes makes his first appearance in the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship.Great Britain's number 1 javelin thrower recently threw over 80 metres at an International qualifying event. With the postponement of this years Olympics and with  Olympic qualification set at 85 metres, the delay could actually benefit Harry. With a lot of hard work and assuming he stays injury free,  Hughes has the potential to emulate our last Olympic medal winner Steve Backley. Harry is a keen fisherman and along with his two brothers owns a fishing equipment sales business. We hope he has a fantastic time this at our event.

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Beth Dix
Beth Dix

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
This will be the first time 22 year old Beth Dix has ever fished. The Wasps Netball players only previous experience of fish is dining on them. Sponsored by one of our event sponsors Wickman, the London born wing attack is looking forward to the day. If she performs anything like fellow Netball players Pamela Cookey and Mikki Austin did last year she will be just fine.
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