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