Chipping away


IT was a big weekend for wood chopping when three local residents participated in the Australian Stihl Timbersports Championships at Albert Park.

Held over three days, from October 6 to 8, local residents Brayden Meyer, Blake Meyer and Adele Deverel all vied to be crowned Australian champion. Broadford’s Brayden Meyer came second in the Australian Men’s Champion with 33 points, securing his spot on the Chopperoos. The placing sets him up to compete in the Australian team relay competition at the 2017 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship, in Lillehammer Norway next month.

Brayden’s day got to a flying start, setting a new Australian record in the first discipline of the day, the springboard. Leading the competition all day, Brayden looked set to reclaim the Australia champion title however an issue with his hotsaw saw him place second.

“I’m pretty happy with the way I went. I am a bit disappointed with the overall outcome after leading the whole day but my hotsaw didn’t start and I ended up losing by one point,” Brayden said.

“Norway’s my next big competition on the world stage. Australia are going in the favourites having won the three years in a row. Hopefully we can make it a fourth year in a row and take that crown once again.”

Brayden thanked Stihl Australia for all their support over the last six years, as well as sponsors Sovereign Lending, Sun Brewery and his family.