Broadford’s woodchop wonder

Broadford man Brayden Meyer was crowned Australian men’s champion at the 2019 STIHL

Timbersports Australian Championships on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Broadford’s Brayden Meyer was crowned Australia’s men’s champion at the 2019 STIHL Timbersports Australian Championships. ​

Meyer took first place and maximum 12 points in all three disciplines in round one, including new Australian records in both the Standing Block Chop and Underhand Chop to give him a lead of eight points moving into round two.

He let his lead slip slightly with a drop to fourth place in the Single Buck but bounced back in the Springboard Chop, breaking his own Australian record by over three-and-a-half seconds to put himself on top of the leader board with the final round of the Hot Saw to go.

Last year’s World Champion Laurence O’Toole took the hot seat in the Hot Saw, setting another Australian record for the day and the first man in Australia to break six seconds.

“It feels great to be able to say I’m the Australian Champion for the second time now,” Meyer said.

“I won it when I was 18 and I’m 24 now, so it’s been a long road back but I’ve had a good run in previous years and this is the icing on the cake.”

Meyer won the top prize of $20,000 and qualified for the Australian Chopperoos team, who will be looking to claim their sixth Team World Championship at the STIHL Timbersports World Championships in Prague in November.

He will compete in both the team and individual championships against 23 countries.