Blackbutt wood chopper cuts his way to the top
WOODCHOP: A local Blackbutt wood chopper will be returning home with more than just sore arms after this year's EKKA.
For the third year in a row Mitch Argent, 25, was crowned the winner of the Australian Axemen's Association Champion-of-Champions Award for the 2018-19 season.
On Saturday August 10, Argent was presented with the prestigious award at the EKKA after it was announced by the Queensland Axemen's Association in June that he took out the top spot.
It is a family affair for the South Burnett local as his younger brother Jack Argent, 21, is competing along side him at the Queensland show.
His father Peter Argent, a former wood chopper, is also proudly watching on from the sidelines and helping his sons out with their equipment.
"We have been competing in a couple of events a day and tomorrow is the championships so there will be a heat and a final,” Mitch Argent said.
"The New Zealand team are here as well so I will be competing for Australia against them tomorrow night.”
After the third-time champion finishes up at the EKKA,his competitive wood chopping schedule is taking him right across Australia.
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are just some of his upcoming events as he organises himself for a busy couple of months.
In order be competitively ready for his events Argent utilises the space in his Blackbutt backyard.
"I do a lot of preparation in our training ring and probably train at least every second day,” Argent said.
"In the lead up to shows I try to cut through two blocks every day,” he said.
Working as a carpenter during the week,Argent said one of the best parts of competing is the connections he has made on the tour.
"A lot of my best mates are wood choppers and we get to travel to some amazing places together,” Argent said.
"With my sport I've been able to travel multiple times to Europe and New Zealand and have plans to go to the US.”
"If you wins events you can also make a bit of money, which helps to pay for your trips,” he said.
Argent has been competitively woodcutting since he was 14-years-old and credits his lack of injuries to knowing his craft.
"You need to respect your tools,” Argent said.
"I've never really had any injuries because from a young age I learned how to properly use my axe.”