Married Couple to Compete Together at World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships

Married ax-throwing couple Suzie Bassett and Russ Murphy compete in the World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships, showcasing the sport's growing popularity and inclusivity.

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Married Couple to Compete Together at World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships

Married Couple to Compete Together at World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships

Suzie Bassett and Russ Murphy, a married couple who met through ax throwing, will compete as a team in the duals event at the World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships taking place this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bassett, the top-ranked female hatchet thrower globally, is among 13 throwers from the Washington area participating in the tournament.

The championships are being held at the We Street Ice Center, where hundreds of competitors from around the world have gathered to showcase their skills in the sport of throwing sharp knives and axes into wooden boards. The competitors say the clear plexiglass behind the target makes depth perception challenging, which could impact the competition that runs through Sunday.

Bassett discovered her talent for ax throwing in 2019 and has since become one of the most accomplished throwers, competing in leagues and tournaments. The couple, who got to know each other through hours of throwing practice, were married in October. They have a home in Sterling with a garage set up for practice, and they will utilize a strategy of Bassett aiming for the right side of the target and Murphy aiming for the left.

The sport of ax throwing is gradually becoming more inclusive of women, with Bassett and other female throwers from the Washington area, such as Brittany Cline and Betsy Chilcoat, qualifying for the world championships. The event features three categories: throwing knife, large ax, and short ax. The winners of each category will receive cash prizes from the total prize pool of $60,000.

Why this matters: The World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships showcase the growing popularity and competitiveness of this unique sport. The participation of a married couple and the increasing inclusivity of women in the sport highlight the evolving landscape of ax throwing.

The event is attracting throwers from all over the world, including Tulsa resident Michael Theodorou, who has been ax throwing for five years and reached the finals twice. "The mental game is the hardest part of throwing," said Austin Bock, a competitor from Michigan. The World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships are free and open to the public on Friday until 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., while the Sunday finals event is ticketed and will be televised on ESPN from noon to 5 p.m.

Key Takeaways

  • Married couple Suzie Bassett and Russ Murphy compete in World Axe and Knife Throwing Championships.
  • Bassett, top-ranked female hatchet thrower, is among 13 throwers from Washington area participating.
  • The sport is becoming more inclusive of women, with Bassett and others qualifying for world championships.
  • The event features three categories: throwing knife, large ax, and short ax, with $60,000 in prizes.
  • The championships are free to the public on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's finals televised on ESPN.