Chip off the old block
Family affair at show’s woodchopping contest
WESTON Dingle not only had to defeat some of the best woodchoppers at Mundubbera Show, but also his father.
The Mundubbera 18-year-old came first in the woodchopping on Saturday at the show, just ahead of the man who taught him how to chop wood.
Father Rod Dingle was happy that even if he didn’t come first, it was a Dingle who scored the victory.
Rod Dingle You like to see them win, you do like to beat them as well.
“As much as you like to see them win, you do like to beat them as well,” Rod said.
Rod has been woodchopping in competitions for about 32 years, and travels with his sons to competitions at rural shows across the state. But despite his son’s victory, it was a seven-second handicap that gaveWeston an edge over his father.
“Every $50 you win in an event you go up one second,” Rod said.
Weston said he got a thrill from besting his old man, but still had a long way to go to get up to the level of his father.
“I’ve only ever beaten him with the handicaps,” Weston said.
He started chopping when he was about five years old under the guidance of his father.
“He’s taught me a lot,” he said.
He said the key to picking up speed was technique.
“You’ve got to have good placing of your hits,” he said.
Weston Dingle in action at the Mundubbera show.