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. 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.
in this years New Years Honours list Barry was awarded a much belated and thoroughly deserved OBE. Recently retired, Barry is a keen fisherman but 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 2019 Barry and his Team Matchroom were narrowly pipped into 2nd place by the winning Super League team. Last year Matchroom fell into the " could do better " catergory finishing rock bottom. Barry will be hoping for better things in 2021.
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 recently been featured in the excellent serialisation 'Gods of Snooker ', which can be seen on BBC iPlayer. If you haven't seen it please don't miss out.
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.
We wish him well at Tunnel Barn Fishery on the 27th of July
The 42 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 2nd ppearance in the Sports Stars Fishing Championship. Last year Steve caught 28.8kgs of fish and clearly loved the day as he has agreed to come back this year to see if he can do better. He now knows what the competition involves 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. Joe Joyce first came to promience in 2016 when he narrowly missed out on a gold medal at the Rio Olympics losing to eventual winner Tony Yoko in the Super Heavyweight Final. In 2017 Joe turned professional beating the experienced Ian Lewinson in 8 rounds on his debut. Since then it has been pretty much of the same as " The Juggernaut " has put paid to everyone he has been matched with. The most notable win thus far was last November when he defeated the highly touted Daniel Dubois in ten rounds. Currently ranked number 1 in the WBO it is surely only a matter of time before the 35 year old Londoner faces either Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury for a world title. We have absolutley no idea if Joe can fish but as with everyone of our competitors he will fancy his chances.
Until 2019 Hayley had never fished before. She enjoyed the day so much that she asked if she could fish again last year and we are delighted to see her return again in 2021. Born in Nottingham 37 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 and looks to continue adding to that total for the forseeable future. In 2016 Hayley was awarded the OBE for her services to horse racing. It is not unusual for Hayley to take up to 4 rides in a day dotted around different racecourses in the UK so we are very grateful, along with all of our competitors, for taking the time out to compete in our event. Last year was not the best for Hayley or the rest of her Matchroom teamates. Let's just say there is work to be done this year!
Number of time fished in the PDC Competition: 4
Best Place: 2
Total Fish Caught: 35
Pamela Cookey is an international netball player. Born in Birmingham in 1984, the 37 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 2019 Pamela had never fished before but from the get go, along with her teamates, they all fished magnificently. Pamela caught 24lb of fish and Team Netball team finished a credible 5th in the team event. In 2020 at Tunnel Barn the soon to be married netballer caught nearly 3 times that amount helping her team finish in 2nd place at the end of the competition. Lets see what this year brings.
Josh Charnley returns this year for the 3rd year in a row. In 2019 Josh fished superbly finishing 4th in the singles order of merit catching 65lb of fish to help Team Super League lift the team event title. 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 9 times for England. The 29 year old has recently been selected for the England World Cup training camp. We wish him well at Tunnel Tunnel Barn this year.
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. Last year at Tunnel Barn, Chris fished for Team Snooker along with Ian Burns, Mark Williams MBE and former Aston Villa footballer Sean Teale. The team got off to a great start and just got better throughout the day, finishing comfortable winners. Although the teams have yet to be decided for this years championship we wish Chris the best of luck whoever he fishes with.
Number of times fished in the competition: 1
Best Place: 18th
Total Fish Caught: 6
24 year old Terri Harper fished for the first time last year and liked it so much she has entered again this year. The Denaby born Female WBC and IBO Super Featherweight Champion of the world has made meteoric progress since turning professional in 2017. In 2019 she won her first world title defeating Noziho Bell to win the IBO title. In 2020 she captured the WBC version beating Eva Wahlstrom over 10 rounds. Terri was matched to face WBA Champion Hyun Mi Choi in May but unfortunatley suffered a fracture in her wrist. We hope Terri has a great day at Tunnel Barn Fishery.
Garry Plummer chairman of our title sponsors Target Darts returns again this year for the 3rd year in succession. Team Target fished superbly in 2019 and 2020 finishing 3rd in the team event in both years. 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, Nathan Aspinall and Raymond Van Barneveld, he is yet to throw a 180 with his own darts. We also thank him for the contined support of our championship.
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27 year old heavyweight boxer Solomon Dacres makes his first appearance in the Target Sports Stars Fishing Championship. The former GB elite squad member has recently turned professional and has won two fights thus far. Standing at 6"5' Solomon possesses good skills compounded with decent power. He has looked highly impressive and should go far in his chosen profession. We are unsure whether Solomon has fished before, but as with everyone out on the lake, he will be very keen to impress.