STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championship 2016
THE MOST EXCITING CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVER!
London, Ontario set the stage for the 2016 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championship in Victoria Park at Rib Fest on July 28-31, 2016. The Championship started on Thursday with the Women and Rookie Divisions Championships, followed by the Group Red and Group Black Men's Professional Division Qualifiers on Friday and Saturday. The weekend finished up with the most exciting Canadian Championship ever on Sunday!
On July 28, 2016, George Williams was titled the 2016 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Rookie Champion after an impressive competition, and Caitlin Carroll took the podium as the 2016 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Pro Women's Canadian Champion, beating the defending Canadian Champion, Janet Walker, in an exciting Stock Saw Saw-Off.
On Sunday July 31, the top four athletes from each of the qualifiers competed in six events to award the 2016 Canadian Champion title. The line-up included Stirling "Ginga Ninja" Hart, Marcel "The Man" Dupuis, Ben "The Captain" Cumberland, Nathan Cumberland, Mitch "The Missle" Hewitt, Cecil "The Cowboy" Starr, Nick "The Muscle" Russell and Nick Hall.
The show started off as the athletes competed in Springboard Chop. There were no surprises as Mitch Hewitt climbed his way to the top of the leaderboard in this event in a time of 48:14 seconds!
In the Underhand Chop, Marcel Dupuis not only took this event, but beat his Canadian record of 22:18 seconds he set in 2015. He completed this event in a mere 20:60 seconds to set the new Canadian record. Stirling Hart and Ben Cumberland were close behind with times of 22:62 seconds and 23.33 seconds respectively.
The Stock Saw event was a close event with milliseconds between times. However, Ben Cumberland took this event, cutting two cookies (discs of wood) out of a 16" diameter piece of wood in a time of 11:87 seconds.
Another Canadian record was beat in the Standing Block Chop event, as Nathan Cumberland axed his way through Mitch Hewitt's previous record of 18:34 seconds set in 2013. Nathan chopped through 12" of wood in a fast time of 15:15 seconds! Stirling Hart was close behind with a time of 16:49 seconds.
Nathan Cumberland and Stirling Hart both yet again, remained neck and neck as the competition continued into the Single Buck event. Cumberland finished in a time of 11:23 seconds and Hart was right behind with a time of 11:95 seconds. Every millisecond counts in these events!
Going into the final event, the overall leaderboard has Stirling Hart with a small lead over Ben Cumberland in second place. So the final heat of the Hot Saw event between Hart and B. Cumberland was the most exciting heat for everyone watching! These two competitors did not let the audience down, and it came down, again to milliseconds, to determine who won this event, and the title of the 2016 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Champion. However, with a time of 09:04, Stirling Hart took the lead over B. Cumberland's time of 09:21.
Stirling Hart was honoured with the Peter Colliver Memorial Trophy, and the title of the 2016 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Champion. He, along with George Williams, and four other athletes from the competition, will represent Canada in Stuttgart, Germany during the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championships in November 2016.