New sport taking aim in YGK

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
New sport taking aim in YGK

A growing number of people are turning to their Canadian roots when it comes to a new type of sport. ¬†Axe throwing is gaining popularity with clubs opening up across Canada — including here in Kingston.
Storm Patterson has the skill of a lumberjack— and the brain of a businessman.
He is the co-owner of Kingston Axe Throwing–the newest form of entertainment in the limestone city.
Storm Patterson, Co-owner:
“There is something unique about axe throwing that enlisted an excitement and an exciting response. There’s nothing like this is Kingston, lets try it.”

Patterson and his business partner Callum Owen first got the idea after visiting a similar axe throwing facility in Toronto.
The partners — who also own Crossfit Queen Street — saw potential in bringing the sport to Kingston…. catering to small or large groups.
They’ve set up in the old Alcan building off Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard — and so far business is right on target.

Storm Patterson, Co-owner:
“It’s been great! We’ve had a lot of great feedback. We’ve had one group of guys who say they are coming back every single week which is good to hear.”

Patterson describes the sport like a game of darts— except paying customers are hurling an axe at a wooden target.
Participants get training before taking aim.

A judge is assigned to each lane to keep score among the random teams competing — as well as to enforce safety.
Axe sizes range from 3 pounds up to the fireman’s size.
And you don’t have to be athletic.

Storm Patterson, Co-owner:
“That’s the cool thing about axe throwing– you can have a 15 or 16 year old throwing beside a 67 year old and it still be just as fun.”

Maegen Kulchar:
“Axe throwing may look easy, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. It takes a lot of practice and perhaps some skill……”

And if you don’t hit the target on your first… second…. or third time…..Patterson says there are employees who will help you with your form.
The axe throwing game costs 30 dollars per person… giving you about 2 hours to try your hand at landing a bullseye.

Maegen Kulchar CKWS News Kingston

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