Women Woodchoppers Set to Wow

Women Woodchoppers Set to Wow

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series – The Original Extreme Sport – is thrilled to announce that in 2017 it will launch its first Australian Women's Championship!

The Women's Championship qualification phase will swing into action with time trials on Sunday 27th August at Sydney Olympic Park. The 15 strong field, comprising the country's top women woodchoppers will compete for 8 spots in the first ever STIHL Timbersports Australian Women's Championship Final. The final will be held on 8th October in Melbourne, VIC, with over $20,000 of prizes on offer.

The Women's format will comprise of the Stock saw, Single Buck Saw and Underhand Chop. Traditionally, the women of the wood chopping world have focused on the single and double buck sawing events, but with news of the STIHL Timbersports Women's Championship released to athletes earlier in the year, concentration turned to the two additional disciplines.

At the Men's STIHL Timbersports Champions Trophy in Tasmania back in May, current Australian Women's Wood chopping Team Captain Amanda Beams and fellow team member Emma Maxwell took to centre stage and didn't disappoint the crowds, showing that it's not only the men of Australia that can turn logs into firewood in a matter of seconds.

Speaking of the men, competing on Saturday 26th August will be the Male rookie's; athletes aged under 25 that are newcomers to the STIHL Timbersports competition format. Australia has long been a powerhouse in the worldwide STIHL Timbersports series and continuing that dominance is the goal of the STIHL Timbersports Rookie Championships. The 12 man field will be battling for 8 spots in the Australian Rookie Championship Final on October 8th in Melbourne. The prize for the winner is a ticket to Europe to represent Australia in the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Rookie World Championships early next year. In previous years, Australian hopefuls have fared well at the Worlds, in 2016 Andrew Kelly (TAS) finished 2nd in St Johan, Austria and in 2017 Blake Marsh (NSW) missed out on gold by just 1 point in Hamburg, Germany.

The Rookie format comprises of the 4 core disciplines of STIHL Timbersports; Stock saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck Saw and Underhand Block Chop. The time trial format will allow each athlete to complete all 4 disciplines twice; the 8 fastest times will qualify for the final.

All signs point to it being a wonderful weekend of wood chopping as STIHL Timbersports thunders into Sydney's Olympic Park.

Location: Sydney Olympic Park, Amphitheatre (Cnr of MacArthur St & Orana Pde)

Dates: Saturday 26th August & Sunday 27th August

Time: 10am-4pm