Canadian Champions Trophy Winner Stirling Hart heads to France to compete in the Worlds

Stirling Hart

Stirling Hart from Vancouver, BC won the Canadian Champions Trophy last year in Charlottetown, PEI and is not heading next month to Marseille, France to represent Canada in the International Champions Trophy.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy sees the world's best logger sports athletes battle against each other with razor-sharp axes and saws in a series of disciplines requiring power, precision and endurance. Only the best qualify for what is regarded as the sport's toughest competition as they go head-to-head in four consecutive disciplines held in a knockout format. These top competitors must chop and saw through four wooden blocks in less than one minute.

Hart is a two-time Canadian Champion, and won the first ever Canadian Champions Trophy in 2017. Hart has represented Canada in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships with Team Canada five times, and consecutively since 2014. The Canadian has his eyes firmly set on a strong performance at the Champions Trophy in Marseille, especially falling just short of the title last year to Australia's Brad DeLosa. Hart says "I am one hundred percent focused on winning this title, there is no question about it. There are amazing competitors there, but I have my eye on the prize."

Among those others competing at the Champions Trophy in Marseille will also be the reigning, and record-holding, World Champion Jason Wynyard. The New Zealander, one of the sport's outstanding athletes, is looking forward to the first international competition of the season. Two more title favourites are France's Pierre Puybaret and Martin Komarek from the Czech Republic. At last year's Champions Trophy Stirling Hart finished second right behind Australia's Brad De Losa, while Komarek came in third. In Marseille more top athletes from the U.S.A., Australia, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Austria and Great Britain will compete.

At the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy the competitors will go head-to-head in the following four disciplines: Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop. For the world's best, the Champions Trophy is the ultimate test of power. When the pressure is on, they need to dig deep, perform consistently and hold their nerve throughout the four disciplines in order to be in with a chance of victory.

Canadian 2017 Rookie Champion Thomas Henderson from River John, NS who will also be present at this event to participate in the Rookie World Championship, which is the opening act to the Champions Trophy.

Stirling Hart and Thomas Henderson will travel to France on May 21 together with Canadian Rookie Coach Rod Cumberland and Team Canada General Manager Gerry Rozo as the Canadian delegation. "We almost won the event with Stirling last year in Hamburg. Stirling was battling some injuries and still did a fantastic job. This year he is in great shape and he is focused. We also want to get the gold medal back in the Rookie Division. We won the gold in 2015 and 2016 but only got bronze last year. We are a top country when it comes to Rookie development and Thomas has been training very hard to accomplish this goal" said Rozo.

The Rookie World Championship will be celebrated on Friday May 25th and the Champions Trophy will take place the next day on Saturday May 26th. The event will be streamed live on Facebook.

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