A collection of photos taken at the IATC 2022 photobooth!
It was a whirlwind last couple of months planning, preparing for, and executing the International Axe Throwing Championships for 2022, and now it’s time to thank and reflect!
After a long hiatus due to COVID, we’re grateful that we could all get back to the friendly faces, the roar of the crowd, and the thunder of the axes this year in Toronto. If you didn’t make it to IATC this year, you were very missed, it was a homecoming unlike any other. Of course, the vibe was true to what we’ve all come to know and love about the axe-throwing community. It’s been said that there’s no other place in the world where axes and hugs fit so well together. Welcome to the IATF!
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
This year IATC saw some interesting firsts that highlight the growth and power of our sport.
More Women in the Final 32
For the first time in IATF history, there were more women competitors in the 256 throwers at IATC 2022 and in the final 32 on Sunday than ever before! Watch out, these women and more are bringing their skill and passion to the boards, and we couldn’t be more pleased!
Even with COVID still presenting travel issues around the globe, we still saw participants, spectators and finalists come to Toronto from all over the world this weekend.
The Wilson Cup Goes to the USA
Of course, we can’t forget to mention that for the first time in history, the Wilson Cup belongs to our friends from across the border! Congrats Dave for taking the cup home this year!
IATC ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Over the course of four days filled with competition and camaraderie, we had many champions and we’re pleased to officially re-announce the winners of the week's events:
On Thursday and Friday, we hosted the Doubles Tournament, the Under 65 Tournament, and the Close But No Cigar Tournament at various BATL venues across Toronto. We can’t forget to give a big thank you to BATL Axe Throwing for providing the space and support for these tournaments!
DOUBLES: Julio Romero & Rander Marquez
Congratulations Julio and Rander on your win!
UNDER 65: Jon Pelletier
Congrats Jon on your win!
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Kelly Moylan
Congratulations on winning the tournament Kelly!
On Saturday, 4 BATL venues supported the IATC Round 2 tournament which pitted 256 throwers from around the world against each other for the chance to move onto the Finals. The excitement, and sometimes disappointment, was palpable. In the end, 32 players moved onto the final stages at BATL Pickering for the Finals!
IATC TOP 3 AND YOUR CHAMPION
Once again, the best axe throwers in the world took part in the IATF’s Finals matches on Sunday, further narrowing the field until there were only 3 remaining champions: Dave Cycon, Austin Agosti, and Cameron Dubrow! Congratulations!
We want to thank these players both for their dedication, passion for this sport, and the sportsmanlike way they conducted themselves! Here’s how it all turned out:
FIRST PLACE: Dave Cycon
Congratulations Dave, for a well-fought and long-awaited victory!
SECOND PLACE: Austin Agosti
Congratulations Austin! Your battle was epic!
THIRD PLACE: Cameron Dubrow
Congrats Cameron on such an outstanding achievement!
YOUR IATC SPONSORS
One final note is to let you all know that IATC 2022 would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We hope that you will all give them a big thank you with us as well!
Beyond The Pale
We know we speak for everyone when we say how grateful we are to have had your support and generosity at this years IATC.
We also owe special thanks to all of the community, whether you attended in person or not because, without you, we would not be here to make these events happen! You’re all champions!
Throwers from all over the world came to throw at IATC 2022 and 32 have risen to the top. They’ll go head to head today (Sunday, June 12) at 11 am for their chance to win the IATF Wilson Cup! We had some great throwers come out to compete this year so we are overjoyed to announce the top 32 of everyone who came out to compete.
The final 32 for IATC 2022 are:
Ernest Brian Henze Starling
If you have a Homecoming ticket you can watch the Finals in person at BATL Pickering! We still have tickets available and it includes access to the axe throwing party of the year, Homecoming!
You can also stream the event from wherever you are on our YouTube channel! No matter where you are today, you can get in on the action at IATC 2022!
Homecoming is tomorrow! We are all getting ready for a day full of Axe throwing Champions and a night celebrating axes with our great community! We want to make sure everyone is prepared and has a fun night at homecoming so here are a few details to ensure things go smoothly for everyone.
BUSES BACK TO TORONTO
Between COVID throwing wrenches in many of the best laid plans, and all the events happening in Toronto this weekend, we have been working very hard to secure buses to help transport players, fans and partiers back into Toronto’s Union Station at the end of a great night!
We’re please to say that with the help of our sponsors, Liquid Death, Woodhouse Ales, Beyond the Pale, Sandbagger, and White Claw, we have secured transportation back from Pickering to Union Station! Make sure you thank them by visiting them on site!
Buses will pick guests up from the BATL Pickering venue to Toronto’s Downtown Union Station at multiple intervals throughout the night. Each bus can accommodate up to 50 passengers, to a maximum of 200 people.
If you plan to take public transportation back to where you’re staying Sunday night, these should help make the trip a little easier.
Buses will depart Pickering at 9 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:00 pm and 11:30 pm sharp. Please plan accordingly.
This whole sport started in backyards and cottages across our countries and as die-hard throwers, some light rain could never stop our throwing. In the same spirit, the IATC event and party will happen rain or shine!
For spectators who cannot find space inside the venue we have you ‘covered’ as well! The outdoor lot has large tents and canopy’s setup for protection and comfort! And, the event will be LIVE-STREAMED on the many TV’s setup under those very tents to make sure you don’t miss a second of the competition.
Luckily the forecast only calls for some showers through the day on Sunday, but we do suggest you pack and dress according to the weather and your comfort.
To check the weather for the Pickering area on Sunday, check the link below:
You are permitted to bring bags and backpacks to the Homecoming Party. You may want to pack an extra pair of socks, etc. in case you get wet.
We’re happy to run a pet friendly event so please feel free to bring your dog’s to Homecoming if you would like, but they must remain in the outdoor areas and be on a leash at all times.
Of course, as a responsible pet owner you are responsible for their behavior, their safety and their mess. Please be sure to bring waste bags, and bowls for your furry friends. We do have free water on site and we’re more than happy to share with your pups.
Make sure to have your ticket ready for when you arrive at the event! Tickets will be still be available all the way up to the start of the event, so if you haven’t got yours and decided you want to attend, grabs yours here:
We unfortunately cannot accept CASH for tickets at the door, so please be prepared.
ENTRANCE TO THE VENUE FOR PLAYERS and SPECTATORS
The 32 players who have progressed to this final championship must enter through the BATL Pickering front entrance to get checked in and ready to throw!
All other spectators and homecoming ticket holders must proceed around the back to the gated lot to enter.
WELCOME TO HOMECOMING 2022
We’re beyond excited to join you for a great day and night of drinks, fun, axe throwing, party games, ice cream and so much more! It has been a great weekend of competition so far, and we can’t wait to get together and celebrate the finals with all of you.
Sunday, June 12th, 2022
10AM Registration - 11AM Start - 12AM End
BATL Pickering, 813 Brock Road, Unit 11, Pickering, ON
Homecoming tickets are only $50 and cover the whole day! That includes all day Finals spectating, and a whole evening of partying with the champions!
This year is an outdoor / indoor event is going to be the perfect way to celebrate this years Grand Champions! Come join us!
INCREASED TOURNAMENT VIEWING
The Live-Feed will start on the main arena right at 11am and run for the duration of the Sunday Finals tournament. In addition to indoor, our Backyard will include:
- Three viewing tents equipped with four 75” screens and a 90” screen
- Additional screens located at the bars, sop you don’t miss a second of the action
- All directly connected to the live-broadcast team (to avoid any connection delays)
GAMES & RECREATION
- A Photo Station available for 8 hours for any and all combinations of IATF family portraits
Gladiator Style Joust (stay tuned to how our partners will take this to the next level by offering prize incentives to best your fellow IATF)
Giant Connect 4
FOOD & DRINK
- In addition to the inside bar there will be 2 larger bars to make sure you don’t have to wait too long to get back to watching the action
- Cherry St BBQ will have a rotating menu to provide you with a variety of food all day (that will include vegetarian and vegan options)
- We have an Ice Cream Truck, Santa of Summer, scheduled to come at least twice, but will stay as long as we need (and yes, they will be playing that tune we all know and love)
- Vendors from our community and surrounding area
- Water will be available at no cost
- A live DJ and dancing throughout the event
- Limited run of IATF Merchandise
- An outdoor restroom trailer that is described as ‘elegant’, ‘the top’, ‘ the largest’ and with ‘finishes are in shades of grey and black with funky mirrors, LED pot lights and Corian counter tops’
This year the IATF is excited to include Axe Market, with free throwing, as part of the IATC 2022 official itinerary! This event is a fabulous way for you to access some amazing community crafters and additional local vendors without having to pay for shipping!
WHEN AND WHERE?
Axe Market will be held this year at the BATL Stock Yards location on Thursday June 9th. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 pm. Admission is free!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
The venue will be dedicated to the market for the night with BATL staff on hand to serve you drinks, support a night of free throwing, and of course all the axe related items and equipment that you have been dying to get your hands on.
There will be lanes open all night for free throwing while at the event, so bring your axe! The IATF is also taking over a couple of lanes to allow you a chance to throw the new IATF big axe and hatchet prototypes, axes as well as the first chance to buy new IATF Merch!
All of this comes together to supply a great space for you to relax and browse some of the best axe throwing products from within the community, as well as local vendors! You can expect to see these vendors and more at the event:
- 81 Axes
Custom Crafted Axe Handles for the serious but fancy thrower!
- ACE Etching
Custom Laser Engraving for your favorite axes.
- Dang Ol’ Dingle Dangles
Custom Resin, Polymer and Clay Charms of all kinds.
- Log Head Axe Mods
- Black Sheep Royalty
- Love and Axes
Custom Made Jewelry and Accessories
- Salem's Lott Scary Hot Sauces
Salem's gourmet, artisan hot sauce food pairings. Get ready for a mouth full of OUCH!
- Soap Scum Apothecary
Handmade, vegan, palm free cold process soap for your dead soul. Natural colouring and scents. West end Toronto.
- Warriors Axe Throwing Inc
Northumberland’s Largest and only Liquor Licensed Axe Facility at 884 Division Street Unit 204 Cobourg!
PLUS, We’re announcing a few more vendors shortly! Check back soon for more updates.
Admission is free for guests and shoppers! Come early to make sure you get in before your favorite vendors sell out. Not only will this event be an opportunity to meet and buy from some amazing community vendors, it’s also going to be quite the party!
BECOME AN AXE MARKET VENDOR
Tables at Axe Market for vendors are going quick! We have a few vendor spots still available, so if you are interested in reaching throwers coming from around the world, you can purchase a Vendor Table through the Eventbrite page, linked below. Vendor Tables are only $50 CAD and includes a table and seating for the night.
With a purchase of a Homecoming ticket, we are including the opportunity to have a table at the Championship event on Sunday June 12, 2022.
There is a limit of one table per vendor (no 2 tables allowed for a single shop), however two vendors pairing up to run one table together is great!
To maintain appropriate spacing we do restrict each table to two persons maximum.
Vendor Tables can be purchased here:
IATC 2022 Round 2 is only a month away! We are excited to announce the 256 incredible axe throwers who will compete for the Wilson Cup this year.
The list of competitors and their June 11 starting venue is here. Competitors should plan to arrive at their starting venue for registration at 9:00 am. Matches begin at 10:00 am. Fans and spectators are welcome, though capacity is limited, so come early.
You can find the A bracket for the first day of matches here. There are some great matches to look forward to!
The first day of matches will conclude with 32 competitors remaining in the bracket. The finale of IATC 2022 will resume June 12 at BATL Pickering (813 Brock Rd #11, Pickering, ON). Registration for competitors is 10:00 am, matches begin at 11:00 am.
Fans and spectators for the IATC 2022 Finals on June 12 can purchase a Homecoming ticket here [link to Eventbrite] which includes admission to watch the exciting conclusion of the tournament, the award ceremony and the Homecoming party that night.
Congratulations to the 256 players who are advancing to IATC Round 2 in Toronto, Canada!
Here is a link to the complete list of IATC Round 1 competitors, including whether they are advancing to IATC Round 2.
If you are among the 256 players advancing, look out for an email tomorrow from the IATF with instructions on registration and other important information. Players that decline to compete in June will have their spot offered to the Round 1 competitor with the next best score from the same IATF member organization.
If you weren’t among the advancing players, we’d still love to see you at IATC 2022. ‘The Close but No Cigar’ tournament tickets are on sale now!
There are still spots available in the ‘Doubles’, Skills CAN vs USA and ‘Under 65’ tournaments.
Come out to Homecoming and cheer on the IATC Finals and the CAN vs USA Finals on Sunday June 12, followed by the Axe Throwing Awards ceremony and the party of the year!
Tickets for all these events are available on Eventbrite:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if one of the 256 advancing players decides not to compete?
A: Players that decline to compete in June will have their spot offered to the Round 1 competitor with the next best score from the same IATF member organization.
Q: Does my IATC Round 2 registration fee include Homecoming admission?
A: Yes, it does.
Q: When will we know the seeding for the Round 2 bracket?
A: The seeding for the Round 2 bracket is based on the players’ performance in Round 1. Once we have all 256 spots filled, we will seed the players and announce it. The announcement is expected Monday May 16.
Q: I’m advancing to Round 2, when will I know which of the four venues I will be starting at for Round 2 on Saturday June 11?
A: When the seeding announcement goes out Monday May 16, it will include the starting venues for the players.
IATC Round 1 was completed this past weekend. We saw a record number 836 competitors vying for a spot in the final 256 and to have the chance to hoist the Wilson Cup at the end of IATC Round 2. To celebrate this record setting moment we are excited to announce that we will be extending the Early Bird Homecoming Ticket sales for one more week.
Tickets for Homecoming will remain at $40 until 11:59pm on April 20, 2022. Tickets are limited, so get yours while supplies last.
YOUR HOMECOMING TICKET INCLUDES:
- Spectator admission for the IATC Finals starting at 11:00 am
- Spectator admission for the CAN vs USA Skills Championship Finals at 3:00 pm
- Admission to the Homecoming Axe Throwing Awards Ceremony where trophies will be presented to all the winners from the various tournaments and competitions throughout the week
- Admission to the Homecoming Party with DJ and dancing following the Axe Throwing Awards Ceremony
You can purchase tickets to Homecoming here:
For full details on Homecoming, click here.
This year the IATF is excited to include Axe Market as part of the IATC 2022 official itinerary! This event is a fabulous way for community crafters to sell their goods to a wider audience without having to pay shipping!
Axe Market will be held this year at the BATL Stock Yards location on Thursday June 9th. Doors will open to the public at 7:00 pm. The venue will be dedicated to the market that night with BATL staff on hand to facilitate the vendors and serve drinks!
Admission is free for guests and shoppers! Come early to make sure you get in before your favourite vendors sell out. Not only will this event be an opportunity to meet and buy from some amazing community vendors, it’s also going to be quite the party!
We have a maximum capacity of 30 Vendor Tables. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can purchase a Vendor Table for the night through our Eventbrite page linked below. Vendor Tables will go on sale on April 20th at 12pm ET. A Vendor Table costs $50, and includes a table and seating for the night.
There is a limit of one table per Vendor (no 2 tables allowed for a single shop), however two Vendors pairing up to run one table together is perfectly fine as we have a two person allowance for managing each table.
Vendor Tables can be purchased here:
- Vendor Table for the night costs $50.
- 2 people maximum to manage each Vendor Table.
- 30 Vendor Tables available for the night.
- Vendor Tables will go on sale through Eventbrite on April 20th at 12pm ET.
- Setup will start at 5:00pm.
*We encourage all vendors to arrive early and park as close as they can, it can be quite a hike through the parking lot and only one vehicle can be at the loading dock at a time. Dollies will be on hand to help with load in/load out.
- Setup will include a 6ft table and a chair.
- Vendors will be assigned a table in the venue, all with similar space.
- A floor plan will be provided to the Vendors with their assignment prior to the event.
- Vendor Tables will be preassigned by the IATF team and setup ahead of time.
- BATL Staff will be on hand to assist.
- Vendors will be provided access to our wi-fi, to accept e-transfer or to set up personal POS.
- There will be no access to power at any of the vendor tables.
- We encourage all vendors to bring a battery pack for their personal devices.
- Due to limited capacity, only two people per Vendor Table will be allowed.
- Vendors will have their table set up until 12am, and can quickly load out before returning to the party!
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