Couple chop way to top
THEY say behind every good man is a good woman and in the case of world-champion woodchopper Jason Wynyard from New Zealand, who is competing at Brunswick Heads this week, there's a very strong woman.
Jason's wife Karmyn is also a highly fancied timber sports competitor who'll be on the blocks 12 times over the four-day 53rd annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop competition.
The 39-year-old is one of a dozen female competitors participating.
Karmyn got off to a flying start on Wednesday when during the 325mm Jill Single Handed Sawing Championship she easily beat her rivals, seemingly cutting through her 325mm log like a hot knife through butter.
It's even more impressive when you consider that Karmyn reckons she doesn't train much, if at all, unlike her husband who is at it several hours a day.
Instead a lot of her time is taken up mothering their three children aged three, eight and 14.
Karmyn met Jason - a 193cm, 136kg all-around axeman - attending woodchop competitions with her dad Gil. Until then basketball was Karmyn's sport of choice, but under Jason's influence she became more involved in woodchopping in singles events along with Jack and Jill competitions with her husband.
"It's a very family orientated sport and very social," Karmyn says.
Jason holds several world records in timber sport events, but the couple have also teamed up successfully in Jack and Jill events, setting a world record in 2005. Karmyn has taken out a couple of events every year in the six years she's been competing at the Brunswick competition.
Today, day three of competition, which kicks off at 10.30am will feature three events with female competitors, the 350mm Jill & Jill Double Handed Sawing Handicap, 375mm Jack & Jill Sawing and 275mm Jill Underhand.
The competition wraps up on Saturday.
Woodchopping for 30 minutes can burn 100 calories, or a few kilograms if you accidentally lop off a leg.
The modern sport of woodchopping is said to have started in 1870 in Tasmania as the result of a $50 bet between two axemen over who could first fell a tree
The first world woodchopping championship was staged in 1891 in Bell's Parade, Tasmania
In November 2011, an unlucky spectator at a woodchopping competition in New Zealand copped an axe in the groin after it flew off the handle in a freak accident.