Edmonds man claims World Boomerang title

James Stickney is the first American to win an individual World championship in 24 years
By David Pan | Aug 09, 2018
James Stickney

James Stickney came into the World Boomerang Championships knowing he was capable of doing well.

The Edmonds resident’s previous best finish was fourth in 2012.

In his sixth appearance at the World Championships, Stickney exceeded his own expectations in a big way.

Stickney ended up taking first place, becoming the first American to win an individual World Title in 24 years on Saturday, July 28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I was surprised,” Stickney said of his victory. “I hadn’t gone in thinking that I was going to win.”

He also is the first left-handed thrower to win an individual World Title.

Stickney was one of the members of the United States squad that captured the team title at the World Championships earlier in the week.

The individual championships consisted of six events – maximum time aloft (MTA), accuracy, endurance, Australia round, fast catch and trick catch – over two days. Stickney had a decent start to the tournament and was in first place after day one.

“Things kind of got rolling and I was able to build momentum moving forward,” he said.

Stickney relinquished the lead to teammate Steven Kavanaugh after the fifth event. Behind by 1.5 points, Stickney scored 92, well ahead of Kavanaugh, who finished in the mid-60s.

“I had a really strong finish,” he said.

The winner is determined by lowest cumulative score for the six events. Stickney scored 58 points and was followed by U.S. teammate Logan Broadbent (66.5) and five-time world champion Manual Schutz of Switzerland. Three other of Stickney’s U.S. teammates placed in the top 10 – Daniel Bower (fourth, 71.5), Kavanaugh (sixth, 75) and Richard Bower (10th, 97.5). The Bower brothers also are from Edmonds.

“It was an excellent finish for our team,” Stickney said.

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