Burnett lumberjack named national champ
FOR the second year in a row, Blackbutt's Mitch Argent was crowned Australian champion at the Stihl Timbersport Australian Champions Trophy on April 20.
He battled it out against Australia's most successful Stihl Timbersport chopper Brad De Losa in a thrilling final round of the knock out competition.
"I'm stoked with the results from today. Being awarded the Australian Champions Trophy makes the tough, gruelling training all worthwhile. I'm pumped to have the opportunity to go to France in May and compete for Australia against the best in the world,” he said.
"This year's Australian Champions Trophy had such tough competition. Everyone brought their A game. But I put my all in and I'm so chuffed to make it through.”
Mr Argent chopped and sawed four blocks of wood into sawdust in just one minute and 14 seconds, beating Mr De Losa by just an inch.
From here Mr Argent is set to take on the best in the world and will head to Europe to compete for the Stihl Timbersport World Champions Trophy Title on May 26 in Marseille, France.
If you've been to South Burnett shows or woodchop competitions, chances are you would have seen Mr Argent in action.
He began his career as a 12-year-old in the "boy's chop” at shows around Queensland.
In 2015 Mr Argent graduated to the Stihl Timbersport league.
The sport comprises intense saw and axe disciplines like the underhand chop and the hot saw.
The underhand chop involves athletes standing on a horizontal log and using an axe to cut through 32 centimetres of wood, while in the hot saw athletes use custom chainsaws powered by motorbike or jet ski engines to cut precision wood discs from a log.
Hundreds of sports fans packed out Sydney's Entertainment Quarter to catch all of the chopping action on Friday evening, when 14 of Australia's best timbersport athletes battled it out, coming down to arguably two of the best athletes in the world.
Victorian Laurence O'Toole broke the Australian record in the qualifying time trials, breaking through four chunks of wood in just one minute and nine seconds, and finished as the second runner up.