Cut­ting edge

Ethan Reynolds is the fourth gen­er­a­tiopn of his fam­ily to swing the axe com­pet­i­tively and now the Mnid­dle Swan young­ster is off to rep­re­sent WA in Ade­laide later this month.

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

MID­DLE Swan wood­chop­per Ethan Reynolds comes from a long line of ax­e­men and is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of his fam­ily to en­ter the world of com­pet­i­tive wood chop­ping.

His grandad Bob Reynolds (81) is WA’s old­est com­pet­ing ax­e­man, along­side his dad Brett and brothers Max, Tyler and Austin, who also com­pete in the sport. His late great-grand­fa­ther was another com­pet­i­tive wood­chop­per.

The Swan Chris­tian Col­lege Year 9 stu­dent will rep­re­sent WA in the in­vi­ta­tional U18 Round Robin Event at the Ade­laide Show, which kicks off on Au­gust 31.

Reynolds said he started chop­ping wood as soon as he could pick up an axe.

“I’ve been around the world of wood chop­ping since I was born,” he said.

“I started off with wooden axes my dad made and slowly pro­gressed to real axes.

“I com­peted in my first event when I was eight and have got keener and more into wood chop­ping as the years went on.”

Reynolds said he loved the phys­i­cal­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness of the en­durance sport and there were op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­pete in the sport over­seas.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d486010

Mak­ing the cut: wood­chop­per Ethan Reynolds.

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