National lumberjack championship in Liverpool
The team that cut a wide path through the lumberjack world to Liverpool has now attracted a national event to this community.
Moyal and Sue Conrad are bringing The Eastern Qualifier and National Timbersports Championship to Privateer Park Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 respectively. The Greenfield couple has brought events to Liverpool during the past two years.
The nationally televised sporting events are part of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. Moyal placed second in Canada last year and hopes to once again make it to the national championship at the earlier qualifier.
Sue says Moyal’s name in the sport in addition to the success of the previous events due, in large part, to their large contingent of volunteers is responsible for attracting the championships, which will be filmed for TSN. “ We have a very good pool that support us every year.”
Usually, the national competition is held in London, Ont. where STIHL is headquartered.
Sue says, “This year they were looking for a different venue and we’ve known the producer of the show for 10 or 15 years so we offered up Liverpool and he grabbed right onto it.”
She continues. “ We’ve established a nice site. Last year we weren’t very successful in spectators due to the weather but I’d say because of our experience they decided to go with us. In fact, it was more his reaction to us agreeing to do it because they really wanted us to do it. They were quite happy.”
The Eastern Qualifier begins at about noon on Aug. 29 with 16 athletes competing in six events. The national competition begins at about the same time the following day. The competition will pit the five top lumberjacks from the west against their five top Eastern counterparts.
Nine shows will be filmed for TSN, including three for the Western Qualifier and the winner of the nationals will be sent to Switzerland for the world championships in Sept. “Moyal placed second last year so we almost got to go to Ireland,” Sue says.
The events are hot saw, stock saw, single buck, horizontal chop, vertical chop and springboard chop.
She says her husband is doing well this year, but not as well as usual. She laughs. “I blame that on old age.” She says she expects he will cut it up a notch in front of the home crowd.
The Children’s Wish Foundation is benefiting from the events through the barbeque and gate proceeds. A lot of heavy equipment will be on display as well and they hope to have a working portable sawmill on site. She says DvL Publishing of Liverpool is helping with this aspect of the events.
Sue says the national spotlight should help Queens Co. in terms of tourism as well because the producer is going to “push the whole Liverpool area and a lot of people watch TSN.”
As for her, she says the sport is unique and fast. “It’s something I’ve been watching for 25 years. I’ve never enjoyed competing but always love watching. People like sports for different reasons and it’s just one I enjoy.”
Moyal, who is building the stage for the events while not competing and working, “absolutely loves the sport.” She laughs. “It’s all he does. Some people drink and some smoke; he just loves logger sports, and that’s not lager sports.”
The couple is usually relaxed and accommodating but not with everything. Sue laughs again. “ We’re having sunshine this year. That’s not negotiable.”
The show will be aired in the fall after the world championships. The price is $8 for adult, $3 for spectators six to 13 years of age, and free for children five and under. People are asked to bring their own chairs.