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Be a good sport

TORONTO IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SHOPPING AND DIVERSITY BUT, AS THE SPORTS-AVERSE MARKUS BIDAUX FOUND OUT, IT’S ALSO HOME TO CANADA’S MOST PASSIONATE SPORTS TEAMS AND FANS

I tapped my hatchet’s head against another man’s, as is tradition before battle. Then

I pivoted and, with a firm twohanded grip on the handle, I raised the little axe over my head, the back of the blade almost touching my back. I lunged one foot forward, swung the weapon over my head and released it. I grinned ear-to-ear as I heard the sound of a blade sinking into wood and saw that I’d hit the bullseye.

I was in Toronto, the home of the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL). Since its start in a backyard in 2006, BATL has grown and now has indoor locations across Canada and the US, and has even crossed the Atlantic to London. It’s a lot like darts, but with a simpler scoring system – and throwing a spinning axe through the air provides much more of a workout.

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