Who's Fishing?

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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Barry Hearn
Barry Hearn

Number of times fished in the Competition: 5
Best Place: 4th
Total Fish Caught: 8

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.

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

Number of times fished in the Competition: 5
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 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.

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George Groves
George Groves

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

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.

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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 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.

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David Seaman M.B.E
David Seaman M.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
We are delighted to announce that goalkeeping legend David Seaman will be making his first appearance 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. Certainly one of the top 3 or 4 goalkeepers this country has ever produced, David is still capable of playing and recently appeared in the 2019 Soccer Aid match held at Stamford Bridge in aid of UNICEF. His England team narrowly losing on penalties against the Rest of the World XI. We cannot thank David enough for taking the time to compete  and we hope he has a great day.
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Jimmy Bullard
Jimmy Bullard

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Born in East Ham in London in 1978. Jimmy Bullard played professional football for over 13 years. Throughout his career the midfielder played for West Ham, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Hull City, Ipswich and MK Dons. He was also called into Fabio Capello’s England squad in 2008 for the World Cup qualifying match against both Andorra and Croatia but unfortunately Capello thought better about bringing him onto the field, which was a massive shame because he had been playing out of his skin all season. Recently Jimmy has made a successful transition into broadcasting and now co hosts the popular Sky Sports show Soccer AM. Jimmy is a hugely competent fisherman and we expect him to be there to there abouts near the top at the end of the day. We wish him well.
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Dr Mark Prince O.B.E
Dr Mark Prince O.B.E

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

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.



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Micky Skinner
Micky Skinner

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Former Rugby Union star Micky Skinner played 21 times for England between 1988 and 1992. A ferocious tackler, Skinner was a late selection for the inaugural World Cup in 1987. However in a situation that would seem impossible today, no one could locate Micky. Step forward Des Lynam, who announced on BBC Show Grandstand that England needed “ Mick the Munch “. In the 1991 World Cup Skinner played in one of the most hostile matches ever played in Rugby union against France. The Harlequins flankers tackle against Frenchman Marc Cecillon is arguably the best known tackle in World Cup history. Mick is making his first appearance in the tournament and we are delighted to have him appearing at Gold Valley Lakes this year.
Bobby George
Bobby George

Number of times fished in the Competition: 3
Best Place: 15th
Total Fish Caught: 20
Bobby George will be making his fourth appearance at the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The 72 year old darts player was a major star in the darts explosion of the 70s and 80s. He won the prestigious News of the World Championship twice and was runner up in two World Championship finals. More recently Bobby has been the face of darts on the BBC coverage of the BDO World Championships. In 2016 and 2017 he appeared in the award winning BBC 2 series "Real Marigold Hotel" along with the ITV show “ Gone to Pot “. A keen fisherman - he owns several lakes set within the 12 acre grounds of his home. This will be Bobbys fourth attempt in the competition and we wish him the best of luck.
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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 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.

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Darren Barker
Darren Barker

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 22
Total Fish Caught: 1
37 year old former boxer joins us for the second time, having already fished in the event in 2016. Darren started his boxing career at Finchley Amateur Boxing Club before moving onto the famous Reston Boys Club where he won ABA titles and represented his country. Turning professional in 2004 he efficiently picked up British, Commonwealth and European titles. In 2011 the stylish middleweight took on one of the greats of boxing, Argentinian Sergio Martinez losing in the 11th round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Rebuilding his career with a win over Simone Rotola he was matched again for the world title, this time for the IBF version against Australian Daniel Geale and again in Atlantic City. After suffering a knockdown in the sixth round Barker got off the canvas to win a split decision and thus fulfil his lifetime ambition. In truth by the time of the Geale fight injuries were becoming a major problem for Darren and after his title defence loss against German Felix Sturm, Darren announced his retirement. Recently, along with his role at Sky Sports boxing team, Darren has started to train iconic heavyweight David “ The White Rhino “ Allen. Not a keen fisherman by any stretch of the imagination, we hope the big Chelsea fan has a tremendous day.
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Ian White
Ian White

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 7th
Total Fish Caught: 7
48 year old Ian " Diamond " White will be making his third 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 number 10 in the world. He reached the quarter finals of the UK Open in March 2017 and has won 7 players championship qualifying events since 2013. This year Ian has been playing out of his skin and in May won the European Darts Grand Prix and Dutch Darts Masters. A keen fisherman, we wish Ian the best of luck and look forward to seeing him compete this year.
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Jamie Jones -Buchanan
Jamie Jones -Buchanan

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 8th
Total Fish Caught: 3
Jamie Jones-Buchanan will be one of three Rugby League stars competing in this years Fishing Championship. The 37 year old 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 we look forward to seeing him and his team on the day.
Emma Louise Jones
Emma Louise Jones

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
29 year old Emma Louise Jones will be making her first appearance at the Sport Stars Fishing Championship. When we spoke to Emma about appearing in the championship she explained that she had absolutely no fishing experience whatsoever but ever the trooper she said count me in ! Emma studied at Hallam university and gained a B.A in journalism. In 2014 she also gained an M.A in broadcast journalism from Staffordshire university. Since then she has been employed working at Leeds United Football Club presenting their in house LUFC television broadcast. She also presents a podcast called Netball Nation. We wish Emma the best of luck and hope she has a fantastic day.
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Stephen Bunting
Stephen Bunting

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 12th
Total Fish Caught: 3
Stephen Bunting will be making his first appearance in the fishing championship since 2014. Where have you been Stephen ? we’ve missed you ! Like his Team Target teammate Adrian Lewis, he has been so busy on the PDC circuit that he has had not time to compete. The Liverpool born darts player won the BDO world championship in 2014 and is currently ranked number 18 in the world. Stephen, we know is a proper fisherman so realistically he should be in with a chance of helping his team mates win the Team Championship if not the title outright.
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Mark Williams M.B.E
Mark Williams M.B.E

Number of times fished in the Competition: 2
Best Place: 1st
Total Fish Caught: 16
What can we say! What a competitor. In May 2018 Mark won his third world title defeating Scotsman Alex 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. It has been an incredible turn around for Williams considering he didnt even make qualification for the 2017 world championship. Viewing all Marks posts on social media, I think it's safe to say Mark enjoyed being world champion! This will be his third time appearance at the Fishing competition, he won on his first attempt in 2017. We know that he will be desperate to regain his title and beat Barry Hearn in the process ! We wish him well.
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Pamela Cookey
Pamela Cookey

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

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.

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Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley

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

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.

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Sam Powell
Sam Powell

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
The 26 year old born in Manchester currently plays for super league team Wigan Warriors. The profilic try scorer has also played for the South Wales Scorpions and Workington Town. Since 2012 he has played over 135 games for Wigan. Along with fellow rugby league stars Jamie Jones Buchanan and Josh Charnley, Sam will be making his very first appearance in the Target Sport Stars Fishing Championship. As far as we know all three are keen fisherman and we expect them to do very well in the team fishing event. We look forward to seeing him on August 6th and wish him the best of luck.
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Darren Webster
Darren Webster

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.

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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: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
28 year Dominic Crosby plays rugby for Super League team Leeds Rhinos. He has also played for Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors. The 6ft 4 inch prop forward makes his first appearance at the championship and along with his other 3 “Team Super League” mates, should be in with a shout of lifting the team event trophy. We hope Dominic has a fantastic day.
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Garry Plummer
Garry Plummer

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
Garry Plummer, MD of our title sponsors Target Darts was born a mere 54 years ago. He started fishing at the age of 11, learning the necessary skills from his grandfather and has been a keen fisherman ever since. Comfortable fishing on both river and lake Garry heads up a strong Team Target that includes Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting. Outside of his passion for fishing and darts Garry enjoys golf, clubbing in Ibiza and  spending time with his family.
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Steve Collett
Steve Collett

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.

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Mikki Austin
Mikki Austin

Number of times fished in the Competition: N.A
Best Place: N.A
Total Fish Caught: N.A
25 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. Mikki, as far as we know has never fished before. However the beauty of Gold Valley Lakes is that we can guarantee you will catch fish! We hope Mikki and her teammates have a fantastic day.
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Ian Burns
Ian Burns

Number of times fished in the Competition: 1
Best Place: 12th
Total Fish Caught: 9
Ian Burns is a professional snooker player born in Preston in 1985. In last years PDC Fishing Championship Ian coached fellow snooker player Williams to a stunning victory. This year he gets his second 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 70th in the order of merit. We wish him good luck in both his career and in this years Championship.
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