Tree Awareness Anzac Championship will host the best woodchoppers in the world at the Egmont A&P Show on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2015. Australia and New Zealand woodchoppers are the creme of the international competition, regularly taking out world titles over American and Canadian Axemen.
The Australian Axemen’s Association have confirmed a team of nine top axemen and sawyers will attend the event.
The big class of the show will be the Tree Awareness 300mm Standing Championship testing the top 16 standing cutters in a fast and furious class with the competitors dealing to their logs in thirty seconds or less. Adam Low the big man from Hokitika will be back. He was a crowd favourite in 2013 taking away much of the prizemoney.
The 300mm Underhand Championship on Sunday is the other featured class. Stratford’s Jack Jordan who recently won the 375 Underhand World Title at the Sydney Royal show will be competing at Hawera.
The big Sawing events will include both the Single and Double Saw, a test of skill, strength, speed and precision. These two classes will attract top competitors including David McDonald (Waiuku), who will be tipped for win in the Single Saw, considered the toughest in woodchopping, and is a real test of endurance. The team of Warren Riddle (Feilding) and Faavae Sefo (Masterton) will be hot favourites in the Double Saw.
The favourite for competitors and the crowd will be International Team Test, this competition will be a three test series, one each day at Hawera, with the last challenge at Stratford A&P Show the following weekend. Rivalry will be fierce as always in any sporting event including Australia and New Zealand. NZ are the recent champions with big wins at the last two Sydney Royal Easter Shows.