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New Zealand set to compete in STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championships
Members of the NZ Stihl Timbersports Team

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New Zealand’s national STIHL TIMBERSPORTS team is headed to Liverpool, England, set to compete in the 2018 World Championship competition.

The team of four logger sports athletes are the reigning world champions, led by prolific sportsman, Jason Wynyard, who has carved out a decades long career in woodchopping.

They will compete in a series of disciplines against the clock and twelve other nations, including New Zealand’s traditional rivals, Australia, as well as Canada and USA, on the 19th and 20th of October.

A fast-paced, yet physically demanding competition, the 22 qualifying teams will compete head-to-head in six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS disciplines; springboard, stock saw, standing block chop, single buck, underhand chop and the hot saw.

Jason Wynyard, team captain, is feeling the pressure in the lead up to the championship.

“We’ve trained hard going into this competition, we’re all driven to win,” he says.

“We all love the pressure of competing, so we’re looking forward to getting on the ground in Liverpool to see what the other team are bringing.”

Hailing from Greymouth, West Auckland, Invercargill and Rotorua respectively, the team train together as frequently as possible to refine their technique and refine their own skills with their own personal training.

Preparation focuses on power and accuracy to ensure precious seconds and every swing of the axe is used to full effect. One competitor even draws on CrossFit training to be competition ready.

Stace Hall, STIHL New Zealand spokesperson, is wishing the team all the best.

“We’ll be eagerly watching the team compete. We know how relentlessly they train, fitting it in with their family lives and work lives, so it’s a thrill to see them compete on the world stage.”


Team Member Profile
Jason Wynyard
  • Occupation: STIHL technician
  • Location: West Auckland
  • Best Event: Single buck
  • Awards:
    • Nine times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship winner
    • Ten times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS USA Champion
    • Four times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Relay World Champion
Kyle Lemon
  • Occupation: Police Officer
  • Location: Rotorua
  • Best event: Underhand
  • Awards:
    • Three times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship winner
Adam Lowe
  • Occupation: Builder
  • Location: Greymouth
  • Best event: Standing block
  • Awards:
    • Three times STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship winner
Robert Dowling
  • Occupation: Forestry Logistics Manager
  • Location: Invercargill
  • Best Event: Single buck
    • Robert’s first time competing in an international STIHL TIMBERSPORTS event


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