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Blackbutt's Mitch Argent competing for the Chopperoos at the 2017 STIHL Timbersports World Championships in Norway.
Blackbutt's Mitch Argent competing for the Chopperoos at the 2017 STIHL Timbersports World Championships in Norway. CONTRIBUTED

WOODCHOP: In 2017 Blackbutt woodchopper Mitch Argent achieved a goal he has been working towards for three years.

He was named the champion of champions as Queensland's best axeman in August.

The champion is named based on the number of points they have earned throughout the year and Argent was pleased with the result.

In October Argent set an Australian record time in his pet event, the standing block discipline, of 14.10 seconds at Albert Park, a qualifying event for the world championships.

Despite finishing outside of the major placings at the event he earned a wildcard inclusion in the Australian team for the the 2017 STIHL Timbersports world championships in Norway as a results of his performance.

He took part in the teams event at the championship adding a bronze to his growing medal tally after being denied gold in a frustrating finish to the championships.

The Chopperoos finished well ahead of Poland in their semi-final but an early start in the change between the underhand chop and single buck prompted a video review and a 15-second penalty for the Aussies to hand Poland victory.

Australia went on to defeat Canada for bronze and their winning third-place time was the quickest of the tournament and 4.7 seconds faster than that of the Kiwis in their final victory.

"I still think we were the best team there by far, but that is just how it goes,” Argent said.

"I was happy, I think I cut the fastest standing block there and have done for the last three years, representing Australia is pretty special.”

Argent will be working towards making the Australian team again this year to represent at the world championships in Liverpool.

He will get back into the swing of things at the Brunswick Heads woodchop carnival before preparing for the Wimbledon of Woodchop, the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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