Brayden Meyer, Laurence O’Toole and Mitch Argent on the podium at the 2020 Australian Trophy
Laurence will be competing against 13 athletes in St Kilda, with his biggest competition coming from fellow Victorian and 2019 World Champion Brayden Meyer, three-time World Trophy winner Brad De Losa from New South Wales and two-time Australian Trophy winner Mitch Argent from Queensland.
“The Trophy format is one I really enjoy. It’s a challenge both physically and mentally, one slip-up or one lapse in concentration in this knock-out format and bang! You’re going home. I’m sure Brayden, Brad and Mitch will be looking to stop my winning streak,” O’Toole continued.
The event will also host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Women’s Championship for the first time, with the competition usually held in the second half of the year, brought forward to take place in May. Event Director Lee Gooch was excited to be able to extend the entertainment on offer in St Kilda and recognise the country’s top female athletes in the Original Extreme Sport.
“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t hold a women’s championship in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it’s great to bring the competition forward to May to coincide with the Australian Trophy. The crowd at St Kilda last year was amazing, with over 5000 people turning out over the course of the day. Many were disappointed that the event didn’t run for longer, so we are adding the women’s championship to give the fans what they want; more axe-ion!”
Amanda Beams will be looking to defend her 2019 Australian Championship title against five of the country’s top sportswomen. Beams’ fiercest rival, three-time runner-up Maddie Kirley (Victoria) is expecting a baby. And while Kirley is unable to compete, victory won’t be a walk in the park for Beams, who will go to loggerheads against Renee Retschalg, Jodie Beutel and Katrina Head (Queensland), Adele Deverell (Victoria) and Kris Brown (Tasmania). All are looking to take the top spot in 2021 across the 3-round competition. We wish them a successful competition!