Argent a cut above and set for the world
WOODCHOP: Australian axeman Mitch Argent competed at the Blackbutt Show on Saturday and enjoyed the opportunity to cut in front of his families and alongside his friends.
"It is always good to cut at your home show and I am from Blackbutt so cutting in front of your family and friends is always pretty special and there is a big Queensland title as well,” he said.
At his home show Argent was happily chatting with his mates and fellow competitors and it would be easy to forget that he is one of the country's best competitors.
After competing at the show on Saturday, Argent boarded a plane on Sunday to France to compete in the Stihl Timbersports champions trophy on May 26.
"It will be a challenge because it is the best in the world, so it will be 16 of the best,” he said.
Competitors will include the reigning world champion Jason Wynyard from New Zealand, French champion Pierre Puybaret and ten more top athletes from Europe and around the world.
Champion's Trophy sees the world's best logger sports athletes do battle with razor-sharp axes and saws in a series of disciplines requiring power, precision and endurance.
Argent won the Australian championships to qualify for the event and is looking forward to going head-to-head with the best in the world.
"I probably did a little bit more training for the Champion's Trophy more than I normally would,” he said.
"I have had a pretty good year so far, so hopefully I can get a win today (Saturday) and keep going into France next weekend and keep winning.”
The Australian Championship adds to a successful season for Argent following his world championship win at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
"It is probably the most prestigious event in the world so any time you chop at Sydney and get a win you have done pretty well,” Argent said.
"That was an unbelievable feeling and probably the best thing in my chopping career so far.”
Chopping is a family affair for the Argents with Mitch's dad Peter running the event on Saturday and his younger brother Jack also competing.
Peter no longer competes in the sport due to injury but enjoys being involved to help his sons.
"It is really good, I am very proud of him,” Peter said.
Peter believes woodchopping is a great sport for the whole family.
"You get to mix with all different aged people and you have got novice axeman mixed in with world champions in the same ring,” he said.