STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is one of the most exciting sports on the planet. The action is intense, and athletes bring unparalleled precision, power and speed to the competition. It’s a sport that truly must be seen to be believed.
BRAD DE LOSA WINS THE 2022 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® AUSTRALIAN TROPHY
New South Wales athlete, Brad De Losa took home his first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Trophy in an action-packed Saturday in Glenelg, Adelaide. He was awarded the win following a referee decision overturning what was thought to be Brayden Meyer’s win due to a safety fault in line with the tournament’s official safety rules.
There was only a one second between the two competitors who were neck and neck the whole way, with Meyers pulling out slightly in-front during the Standing Block chop to finish first. However the judges deliberated over the safety default - Brayden’s removal of his earmuffs were deemed to be a slip hazard for Brad - which saw De Losa take out the 2022 Australian Trophy with a time of 1:27:83.
The pair went axe-to-axe with 10 other male athletes in gruelling knock-out rounds, which saw rookies and emerging young talent challenge the older athletes. With 2021’s trophy winner Mitch Argent forced to pull out of this year’s competition due to a knee injury, the top podium spot was up for contention.
Brad De Losa said of his win today: “It is disappointing to win like this but with only a second between us and going through four knockout rounds I’m really proud of the effort I put in today. It was a good day, it’s not getting easier as I get older but I’m happy with my performance.
“Brayden is one of the best young talents in the world. Being able to go against the young ones and still give them a run for their money is a pretty great feeling”.
Young gun David Reumer beat STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® icon Laurence O’Toole in the small final to come in third place. The competition was tight until the Single Buck where Reumer came out in front. Reumer’s partner Maddison Kirley took the podium in second.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Event Director Renee Kitto said it’s been six years since the event was last in South Australia with the excited crowd bringing the energy.
“It was great to see so many people packing out Jimmy Melrose Park today and witness an exciting end to a gruelling day,” Kitto said.
“We’ve got some of the best Timbersports athletes in the world so it’s excellent to have the support of an Australian crowd”.
FINAL RANKINGS (TOP FOUR)
1. Brad De Losa (NSW)
2. Brayden Meyers (VIC)
3. David Reumer (NSW)
4. Laurence O’Toole (VIC)
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Events↓
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Events
Upcoming Australian Events:
Australian Trophy 2022 – Saturday 5th March – Glenelg, SA
Australian Women’s Championship 2022 – Saturday 5th March – Glenelg, SA
Australian PRO Championship 2022 – Saturday 17th September – TBC
Australian Rookie Championship 2022 – Saturday 17th September – TBC
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Upcoming World Events:
World Trophy 2022 – Saturday 28th May - Vienna, Austria
Rookie World Championship 2022 – Friday 27th May - Vienna, Austria
Individual World Championship 2022 – Saturday 28th October 2021 - TBC
Team World Championship 2022 – Friday 27th October - TBC
For the full schedule of events from around the globe visit: https://data.stihl-timbersports.com/Events
The competition formats explained:
There are three different formats/event styles in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®
Series - the Traditional Individual Format, the Trophy format and the Team Relay.
Read on below to find out more about each.
Traditional Individual Format
In the Traditional Individual Format, PRO athletes compete in six disciplines: three with axes and three with saws. Springboard, Underhand Chop and Standing Block Chop are the classic axe disciplines. Single Buck (single-man crosscut saw), Stock Saw (standard chainsaw) and Hot Saw (tuned, customised chainsaw with up to 80 horsepower) are the sawing disciplines. Athletes compete against each other and the clock; points are awarded based on ranked times. There are divisions for Female athletes and Rookies (aged under 25) where the number of disciplines and size of the logs are reduced in size. Female athletes compete in the underhand chop, stocksaw & single buck, where as rookies compete in five disciplines with the addition of the standing block & one board springboard. Each year, Australia’s top athletes compete in the National Championship. The winner qualifies to compete at the World Championship against the best from around the Globe.
In the Team Format, the Team Relay takes place at the World Championship each year. A team of four athletes compete in a relay race including the Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop. After setting a qualification time in the time trial, teams are paired into a knockout system where they compete head to-head. The winner of each race goes into the next round, while the loser is eliminated.
Australian Trophy & World Trophy:
The sport’s most physically enduring and extreme format sees athletes go head-to-head in a series of knockout match-ups. In each match-up, athletes will complete four disciplines back to back: Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop. The fastest athlete from each match-up will progress to the next round, culminating in a grand final between the last two remaining competitors, where the winner will be crowned. The Australian Trophy is held at a different venue across the country each year, usually between February and April. Sixteen athletes are ranked for the competition, from whence the winner advances to the World Trophy. From there, they will compete against the qualifiers from Europe, USA, Canada and New Zealand. The World Trophy is held in May each year, usually in Europe.
About STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®↓
About STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®
Often referred to as the original extreme sport, sports logging is a tradition that goes back over a hundred years when, at the end of the 19th century, forest workers began to compete with each other at axe and saw in their free time. The roots of the sport are in Australia and New Zealand – from here it spread to Canada and the USA. From improvised beginnings, around a dozen sporting disciplines evolved, including those that simulate the felling and cutting of trees. To succeed in these disciplines, athletes must be skilled in handling the tools and material wood, while possessing great strength, endurance and a precise technique.
According to the Australian Axemen’s Association, one of the first traditional competitions took place in Tasmania in 1891. Today, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is an international extreme sport competition series in sports logging. This is where the best athletes compete; it has the most viewers and enjoys the greatest media interest. In 1985, STIHL USA launched the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series in the USA together with the sports channel ESPN while in Europe, the 2020 competition series is in its 20th year.
The competitions now take place on four continents, with around 2,000 athletes from over 20 countries taking part. At the national and international top-class competitions in sports logging, athletes compete for the best times with up to three axe and three sawing disciplines. These classic axe competitions include Springboard, Underhand Chop and Standing Block Chop, with saws including the Single Buck (pull saw), the Stock Saw (commercially available chainsaw) and the Hot Saw (up to 80 hp, tuned chainsaw).
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