Chip off the old block

Fam­ily af­fair at show’s wood­chop­ping con­test

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south­bur­nett­times. com.au

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.

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