STEELY-EYED sportsmen are sharpening up their skills in preparation for the UK Knife-Throwing Championships this weekend.
Pals Daniel Mosley, Chris Fell and Shaun Spate will travel to West Yorkshire where they will compete against up to 30 other competitors in the up-and-coming sport of knife and axe hurling.
They will be looking to retain titles they won last year, with Daniel as the reigning tomahawk champion and Chris as the knife throwing title holder- both in the long-distance category.
Daniel (35), and who already runs Woodend Farm Complex in Huthwaite which offers people the chance to get involved with target sports such as archery, shooting and crossbows, said: “We’ve had a lot of practice in the last year, we’ve been doing about seven hours a week. We’ve improved but I’m sure so has everyone else!
“We’re not sure how we’ll do but we’re enthusiastic.”
Daniel says that a steady number of people are taking up the sport, in which competitors throw the specially-made axes and knifes at wooden targets from various distances, and marked on accuracy.
They will be heading to Italy next month for the European Championships where up to 100 people will be battling it out for titles.
And with Daniel running Woodend, and qualifying as a knife-throwing instructor, he says more people are taking it up.
“We have noticed an increase in the last few years, we’re getting more and more people asking about it and wanting to take part.”