The Shipman family: Jack, Mick, Fred, Peter and Dan and the Brunswick Heads Fish and Chip Festival.
The Shipman family: Jack, Mick, Fred, Peter and Dan and the Brunswick Heads Fish and Chip Festival. Northern Star

Woodchopping family still sharp in arena

WOODCHOPPING has been a Shipman tradition for more than 100 years, and the family was in good form at the Brunswick Fish 'n' Chip Festival over the weekend.

Fred Shipman, 80, gave up chopping 18 months ago, but is proud his sons and grandson have continued with the sport.

“My father won his first chopping contest when he was 17,” he said. “All three of his brothers did it as well, then me and my three brothers were all choppers.

“Four of my five children chop.

“And now my grandson, Dan, who is 20, is the next generation. It's just in our blood. It's a wonderful, healthy sport.

“I would still be chopping today if I didn't have a bad back.”

The Glenreagh family was among those who braved the rain for the last day of the Brunswick Heads festival.

Competition was fierce between Australian and New Zealand women for the Test Relay series, but New Zealand claimed victory.

Visiting NZ-based world champion Jason Wynyard was one of the biggest drawcards.

Brunswick Heads Woodchop and Entertainment committee president Rosslyn Hogan said the four-day event had been a huge success.

“We had 118 competitors this year,” she said.

“The whole thing was great - it was just a really good carnival.

“Next year will be even bigger because it will be our 50th anniversary, so we're already planning that one.”



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