Renee Retchlag cutting at the 2018 Blackbutt Show.
Renee Retchlag cutting at the 2018 Blackbutt Show. Claudia Williams

Wood chopping strikes home for the whole family

WOODCHOP: Kilcoy woodchop competitor Renee Retchlag has been competing at shows across Australia for four years and loves the challenge of the sport.

"I like chopping over sawing so I don't mind training for it and it is good when you can be the back marker," she said.

Retchlag admits there is a mental game to succeeding as a back marker and she showed her ability to win at the Blackbutt show on Saturday.

"I try not to panic when I am standing there and I look down the line and they are all well and truly into their block and I have to try and remind myself to cut my own block and do it properly and hopefully do well," she said.

Retchlag was introduced to the sport through her husband who has been involved in the sport as a junior and it is now a family affair for them with their children Milly, 10, and Jade, 12, chopping as well.

"It is good because you can load the car up on a Friday night and you can go somewhere as a family," she said.

The family competed in the Kingaroy and Nanango shows in addition to Blackbutt, which presented a new challenge for the axeman with pine.

"The wood is different to Kingaroy and I am learning to like pine, it is different to the other hard wood but all shows are good," she said.

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