Confessions of an axe thrower

December 7, 2019

Women’s Leagues: Finding your tribe

Women coming together in community has been a vital part of history. In ancient times, women had roles as caretakers, healers, warriors and priestess and the feminine was
worshiped in multiple polytheistic societies. In 1919, if women didn’t come together, we wouldn’t have the right to vote in the United States. We are bra burners, goddesses, lovers,
fighters and we will shatter glass ceilings.

Sports has been an integral part of society for centuries. From gladiators at the Coliseum to a Celtics game at the Garden, we have been entertained by so many talented individuals.
Unfortunately, women in sports have not had the same publicity as men’s sports. Women were not allowed to compete in the Olympics until 1920 and the Women’s Movement of 1972 was
when women’s sports became an integral part of society.

So where does axe throwing fit in to this? The axe throwing community is one of the best communities I have ever been involved with. You are welcomed with opened arms and
cheered for along the way. The one downfall of competitive axe throwing is that there is no nationally or globally recognized female counterpart.

In December 2018, @ladiesoftheaxe began highlighting female axe throwers. Shortly after in January of 2019, @womenofaxethrowing began doing the same as well as beginning to host
women only tournaments around the world. This has been a great start to highlight some of the best female axe throwers in a very male dominated sport.

One on the most notable women in axe throwing is Cara “Scorpion” Fritz who came in 2nd during the South American Arnold Open 2019 for the World Axe Throwing League (WATL). So
far, Ms. Fritz has been the only women in both World Axe Throwing League or International Axe Throwing Federation (Formally National Axe Throwing Federation) to accomplish such a victory.

The women in our league are killer!

Agawam Axe House - 2019 Summer League Group PhotoThis conclusion comes solely on the research I have done in this matter so of there is different information that I could not find, please notify me so that this can be updated. I want to be
able to give credit to all women who have had big accomplishments within WATL and IATF. WATL and IATF are both co-ed and do not have a recognized female counterpart. As much as I
believe in inclusion and that women should be created as equals, I also want to be able to have a shot at being able to compete at high levels. No matter how much or how hard I practice, I
can not compete with my male cohorts in axe throwing. It wasn’t until our local axe house began having a women’s only league that I felt like I had a shot.

The women in our league are killer! I have watched so many women come in not knowing a thing about axe throwing and within a season, climb to the top of the leader board. When we
had a co-ed only league, I watched so many women struggle to compete and become frustrated at the fact that they were performing at their best and could not keep up with male
competitors.

Women’s leagues are more than just axe throwing with some bad ass ladies. It’s also about comradery and friendship. Like I have said before, axe throwing has the best humans. We
come from all walks of life. We have teachers, students, nurses, office assistants, IT consultants, the list goes on. But we all have one thing that will always bring us together every
week, and that is axe throwing. It’s our stress release, our night off from daily responsibility and our chance to shine.

Being in a women’s league, I feel more confident. Not just in axe throwing but in myself. I finally feel like I have a tribe of women that will have my back inside the axe house and out. I
am so proud of these women and cherish them forever. I think we could get a lot more women in to axe throwing if there were more women’s leagues available. If axe throwing is really all inclusive, there why is it still so male dominated? Why not have a women’s only league? We are not here to intimidate, we just want a chance to compete and do well.Agawam Axe House - 2019 Fall Womens League Group Phoo

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