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Axe throwing Canadian Open to be held in Waterloo

People who love to wield an axe will be making their way to Waterloo this spring for the 2020 Canadian Open axe throwing championships.

The second year of the competition will be hosted by Bad Axe Throwing

Admission is free to any of the three events, which includes standard axe throwing, axe throwing on teams of two and throwing big axes measuring more than 58 cm (Valeria Cori-Manocchio/CBC)

People who love to wield an axe will be making their way to Waterloo this spring.

The World Axe Throwing League has announced the 2020 Canadian Open will be held at Bad Axe Throwing, an axe throwing club in Waterloo. The first Canadian Open for the sport was held last year in Halifax.

128 participants are expected for the tournament, which will run from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26.

Admission is free to any of the three events, which includes standard axe throwing, axe throwing on teams of two and a hefty event for big axes measuring more than 58 cm. 

The League decided to throw the event in Waterloo because there's "a large cluster of competitors in southern Ontario," according to Blake Bottrill, the marketing and content manager for the World Axe Throwing League.

"We've had such an explosion in the amount of people who have come in and seen the sport and fallen in love almost instantly," said Bottrill.

Bad Axe Throwing, which has locations across North America, opened its Waterloo facility in February 2019.

Mario Zelaya, president and CEO of Bad Axe Throwing, is excited the competition will give Waterloo region exposure across North America. The competition will be broadcast across Canada and the U.S. on TSN and ESPN.

"I think it will bring Waterloo to the forefront of the U.S.," said Zelaya.