CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Allwyn Christensen and son Jake, 8 months from Ipswich watch the action at the festival this week.
CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK: Allwyn Christensen and son Jake, 8 months from Ipswich watch the action at the festival this week. Patrick Gorbunovs

Chips to fly at Brunswick festival

HOW fast could a woodchopper chop, if a woodchopper really could chop wood?

The answer is very fast, if you're a competitor at the 2014 Brunswick Heads Woodchop, part of the town's Festival of the Fish'n'Chips.

This year the annual event has attracted about 100 woodchoppers to the region from across Australia and New Zealand, including some of the world's best.

Timbersport World Champion Brad de Losa, who holds 28 New South Wales titles, five Australian titles and two world titles, is competing for another Brunswick championship win after taking out the standing block title last year.

"It's a great carnival up here every year, and a great way to start the year off," he said.

"It attracts some really good competitors from all over Australia, as well as New Zealand, so it is quite stiff competition and it is the first wood-chopping competition on the calendar to start the year off."

Brunswick Valley Woodchop committee president Rosslyn Hogan said the Brunswick Heads Woodchop was the biggest such event outside the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

"It's good for Brunswick. It brings extra people into the town for an extra week every year and most of the woodchoppers say this is their annual holiday," she said.

"There's no other woodchop on the riverbank where they can bring their family and have a holiday while they're doing the sport they love."

Ms Hogan, who has been involved with the Brunswick Valley Woodchop committee for nearly two decades, introduced the first women-only categories several years ago, paving the way for more women to take up the sport.

Jodie Beutel was the winner of the Jill Single Handed Sawing Championship on Wednesday, and said the number of women competing in the sport had increased significantly over the past few years.

Brunswick Heads Woodchop judge Peter Shipman said Wednesday's events were mainly handicap events where the abilities of the competitors were "evened out" based on their last six performances.

The championships will be held today from 10am.



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