Canadian Stirling Hart performs the Standing Block Chop at the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Champions Trophy competition in Marseilles, France on May 26, 2018. Photo: CNW Group/STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

Canadian wins International ‘Timbersports’ title

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Toughest “lumberjack” championship

It takes fantastic power stamina, and accuracy with deadly sharp axes, handsaws and chainsaws to win. The elite lumberjack competition is known as the Stihl Timbersports Championship. This year it was held in Marseille France on May 26, 2018.

Stirling Hart in the single buck stage of the championship final in Marseille. Image: euronews-Stihl Timbersports

Canadian Stirling Hart took the top spot after beating Frenchman Pierre Puybaret, in a quarter final heat. He then bested Australian Mitchell Argent in the semi-final. And then with an amazing time of a mere 1:03 the Canadian beat New Zealander Jason Wynard to take the championship but congratulating his competitor.
“What an amazing setting for this to happen. It is a real honour to finally win this, I was so close last year. It was a shame for it to finish like that, anybody that knows Jason (Wynard) knows he was going through a lot of pain, and for him to finish like that was amazing, so everything goes to him,” said Hart.

Soaked in sweat from the extreme exertion, Canadian Stirling Hart wins the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Champions Trophy competition in Marseilles, France on May 26, 2018.
Photo: CNW Group/STIHL TIMBERSPORTS)

Competitors must saw and chop their way through four large logs in rapid succession in disciplines known as Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop.

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Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® is an international extreme sports competition series. Its roots lie in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, where lumberjacks would hold competitions to determine who was the fastest in a range of wood chopping and sawing disciplines that closely simulated their everyday work.

This eventually evolved into standardised disciplines requiring an elite degree of athleticism in national and international events.

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