Wagner has the edge to carve a win
THE distinctive sound of an axe striking wood echoed throughout the showgrounds yesterday morning as woodchopping got underway at the 2010 Gympie Show.
The event is always a crowd favourite as participants line up to show not only their strength but polished technique as well.
In standout form yesterday was Proston competitor Brian Wagner.
At just 20 years of age, Wagner showed form beyond his years to take out the standing chop class.
As the young woodchopper sealed his win, an explosion of applause from onlookers marked the occasion.
Wagner was pleased with his winning performance.
“I felt pretty good with the way I handled the axe,” he said. “I have been in pretty good form lately, so I thought I would have a good chance at doing well.”
Prior to the Gympie Show, Wagner came fourth at the Sydney Show while also managing to earn the honour of being second in the world in the tree class.
The tree class is also known as the marathon of woodchopping, requiring a lot of stamina, concentration and sheer strength.
Wagner said he was keen to return to the Gympie Show to defend his title after enjoying the experience against some of south-east Queensland’s most respected woodchoppers.
Woodchopping has a long history in Australia at regional and agricultural shows and the Gympie Show is helping to keep the tradition alive.
As the skills used by the nation’s forefathers continue to be handed down through the generation, woodchopping looks to be an event spectators will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
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