McGill swings in­to 50th Wood­sman Com­pe­ti­tion

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The wood will be flying this wee­kend du­ring the 50th An­nual In­ter­col­le­gia­teWood­smen Com­pe­ti­tion, ta­king place Sa­tur­day Ja­nua­ry 30 at McGill’s Macdo­nald Cam­pus.

The event will mark 50 years that axe­wiel­ding student lum­ber­jacks (and lum­ber­jills) from eas­tern Ca­na­da and the U.S. will converge on the Ste. Anne de Bel­le­vue cam­pus for the An­nual In­ter­col­le­gia­teWood­smen Com­pe­ti­tion that is part of the Ca­na­dian Lum­ber­jack Cham­pion­ships.

This Sa­tur­day’s event will see 175 com­pe­ti­tors from 26 teams bat­tle for top ho­nours in 14 singles, doubles and team events, in­clu­ding an axe th­row, swede saw, chain saw, pole climb, wa­ter boil, snow­shoe race, and­more.

The first wood­smen com­pe­ti­tion at McGill took place in 1961, and though it was ori­gi­nal­ly sche­du­led to be held at the Mor­gan Ar­bo­re­tum as part of the Mac­do­naldWin­ter Car­ni­val, it was ins­tead re­rou­ted to Lo­wer Cam­pus due to a snows­torm. It re­tur­ned to the Macdo­nald Cam­pus per­ma­nent­ly the fol­lo­wing year.

The McGill In­ter­col­le­giate Wood­smen Com­pe­ti­tion will take place at Wat­son Field at McGill’s Macdo­nald Cam­pus, lo­ca­ted at 21111, che­min La­ke­shore, in Ste. Anne de Bel­le­vue.

Events will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sa­tur­day, Ja­nua­ry 30. Ad­mis­sion and par­king are free.

PHOTO DA­NIEL CUILLERIER

The dust real­ly flew du­ring last year’s Wood­sman Com­pe­ti­tion and or­ga­ni­zers say this wee­kend’s event will be just as ex­ci­ting.

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