Set to strike on the world stage
WOOD CHOP: Blackbutt's Mitchell Argent is set to represent Australia at the Timbersports World Championships for the third time as a member of the Chopperoos, the Australian Timbersports team.
Despite finishing in last place, Argent earned a place on the team as the wild card entry at the Australian Timbersport Championships, held in Melbourne from October 6-8.
In 2017 the Australian Timbersports Series was a single showcase as opposed to the previous six rounds format, meaning competitors had to perform on the day.
"I had a bit of a disappointing day but it was exciting to get picked in the Chopperoos,” he said.
"It is always a privilege and an excitement to make an Australian team, so I'm pretty happy.
"The top four guys automatically get selected and I was the wild card entry.”
Argent secured his position on the team during his pet event, the standing block chop, in which he broke the Australian record with a 14.10 seconds shot, more than one second quicker than the previous record.
"I was not so much targeting the record but definitely trying to win, to get the record is a bonus,” he said.
Argent will compete in the teams relay event at the world championships for the third time and hopes they can continue Australia's dominance in the event.
"We have broken the world record each time in the teams relay so to do that again would be awesome,” he said.
Argent, who puts his selection in the team down to his consistent performance at past world championships, has cut the standing block world record in previous years during the relay at the world championships but the record is not officially recognised as it was part of a team event.
New South Welshman Brad De Losa took the Australian Champion title for a second consecutive year and will be in the team alongside Argent and Brayden Myer, Lawrence Otool and Glenn Gillam.
On October 18, Argent competed and was successful at the Royal Perth Show.
Argent placed third in the 300mm Australian Tree Felling Championship behind David Gurr and Josh Adamson and second in the 325mm Australian Underhand Championship.
In his pet event, the 275mm Australian Standing Block Championship, Argent claimed victory ahead of Josh Adamson and Nathan McDonald.
The Australian team will leave for Norway on Friday and they will compete on Friday, November 3.