The Original Extreme Sport - STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® - smashes into action on Saturday 15th – 16th September at the Broadwater Parklands, Gold Coast.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is now in its 4th year of local competition and continues to enjoy great success and support, firmly becoming a staple on the Australian sporting calendar.

The 2018 Australian Championship promises to bring even greater excitement and action to the stage. The rivalry and competition between the athletes intensifies as they bid to become a Chopperoo and take on the Worlds' best at the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships to held in Liverpool, England in October.

The Men's Australian Championship sees' the country's top athletes in the original extreme sport compete across the six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines. The Champion will be the athlete who accumulates the most points in Sundays Championship final, they'll take home the lion's share of the $100,000 up for grabs in prize money and prizes, plus the prestige of representing Australia on the world stage. The Champion will be joined in by 5 other athletes to make up the Chopperoos team looking to claim their 5th Team World Championship, with positions awarded based on performance across the weekend.

Australian's have a rich history of success in STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, but none more so than the Reigning Australian Champion and 4 time World title winner Brad De Losa (NSW). Hot favourite to de-thrown De Losa is Brayden Meyer (VIC) who is the only other Australian athlete to have achieved individual success on the world stage, Meyer looked to have the last year's championship all sewn up until an error in the final discipline, when his 350cc Hotsaw failed to start 1st time, gifting the win to the New South Welshman.  De Losa and Meyer aren't the only ones to be watching come 14th September; Mitchell Argent (QLD) took down both the top guns on his way to winning the 2017 and 2018 Australian Champions Trophy, the ultimate endurance format of the sport; and returned home from France in May with a hard fought 3rd place at global championship. Other athletes in contention include Laurence O'Toole (VIC), who finished 3rd in the 2017 Australian Championship, and Glen Gillam (VIC) who finished 4th.

It's not only the men that will be looking to claim a STIHL Timbersports crown; after a successful launch in 2017 the sports 2nd Women's Championship will take centre stage, along with the hotly contested Rookie Championship where the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® stars of the future look to qualify for the Rookie World Championship, of which Daniel Gurr (TAS) is the reigning Rookie World Champion after winning the title in France earlier this year.

If the Gold Coast community can drag themselves away from the heart stopping action on stage, they will be able to relax and refuel in the Food Truck Carnival Co.'s Entertainment precinct, which will be packed with iconic food trucks from across the state. A kids' carnival, roving entertainment, live music acts and licensed bar ensure the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Australian Championship will be an event for all the family to enjoy.