Below you will find information on the celebrities from the World of Sport and TV who will be fishing in this years competition. We will be announcing further competitors for 2019 in due course, so make sure you re-visit the site to see who else will be pitting their wits against the fish.
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A chartered accountant by profession. Barry Hearn is Chairman of the largest privately owned sporting event and management company in Europe. With over 40 years experience in client representation and staging televised events Matchroom Sport are at the forefront of their industry. 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 last year won the Team Championship for the first time.
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 also a professional DJ and in 2016 ,2017 and 2018 he appeared at the world famous Glastonbury festival.
"The Nugget" has fished in the last five Championships and came a credible 5th in the 2015 event.
31 year old Hammersmith boxer George Groves won his WBA Super Middleweight Championship defeating teak tough Fedor Chudinov in May 2017. To say reaching the pinnacle of his sport was an easy task would be somewhat of an understatement. After 2 epic battles with Carl Froch and an equally tough American baptism losing a wafer thin decision against Badou Jack, a result that looks far better with time, after Jacks achievements post Groves. George knew that on that cold early summer evening at Bramall Lane in May, would probably be his last chance of fulfilling his dreams. After settling into the fight George boxed perfectly, unleashing combination after combination before the referee stepped in to save Chudinov from further punishment after 6 brutal rounds. After so many setbacks it was an achievement not many sportsman would, or could surmount and is a testament to George’s courage and ability. Recently retired, as far as we know George is not a fisherman. However our last boxer to win the competition, Spencer Oliver had not fished prior to walking off with the title in 2014. We wish George the best of luck.
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 57 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 6th.
It is a safe to say that 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 fist time fishing in the championship and we look forward to seeing him.
Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 2
Best Place: 4
Total Fish Caught: 5
Two time world champion and world number 16, 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 34 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. The intense PDC schedule has meant that Adrian has been unable to attend the since 2014 so this will be a welcome return for us to have "Jackpot" compete at Gold Valley Lakes. We hope he has a fantastic day.
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. We are certain that Pamela has never fished before. However, as Eddie Hearn proved last year experience counts for nothing in this competition. We wish Pamela well and hope she has a great day.
Josh Charnley is a professional Rugby League player who 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 26 year old will be making his first appearance in the Championship and we wish him the best of luck.
Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 5
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 10
Darren Webster is a full time PDC professional darts player. Born in Norwich he is currently ranked 15th 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 sixth 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 !
Number of times fished in the PDC Competition: 4
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 PDC Invitational 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. We are pretty certain that Steve will again find a way to finish amongst the leaders in 2019 in the rebranded Sport Stars Fishing Championship.We wish him the best of luck.