NZ chop­per’s edge over world

Marlborough Express - - FOOD - GER­ARD HUTCHING

New Zealan­ders have once again proved they chop and saw tim­ber bet­ter than any­one else by win­ning the world’s team and in­di­vid­ual Stihl Tim­ber­sports cham­pi­onships.

In front of 5500 spec­ta­tors in Lille­ham­mer, Nor­way, Ja­son Wyn­yard from Massey, Auck­land se­cured his ninth world cham­pi­onship ti­tle and rel­e­gated Aus­tralia’s Brad De Losa and Canada’s Mitch Hewitt to sec­ond and third place.

For Wyn­yard, 44, the sport of wood­chop­ping runs in the blood. His fa­ther was world cham­pion

You've ei­ther got to just have a pas­sion for it and ded­i­cate your­self to learn­ing how to do it or have a fam­ily mem­ber that's go­ing to help you come into it. Ja­son Wyn­yard

and his grand­fa­ther and un­cles were skilled prac­ti­tion­ers of the art. His wife, Karmyn, who he de­scribes as his ‘‘back­bone’’, has also had her fair share of suc­cess at wood­chop­ping. ‘‘You’ve ei­ther got to just have a pas­sion for it and ded­i­cate your­self to learn­ing how to do it or have a fam­ily mem­ber that’s go­ing to help you come into it,’’ Wyn­yard told Stuff in 2014.

From the be­gin­ning, Wyn­yard showed a strong per­for­mance and fought his way through the lead­ing group. He took the lead by set­ting the day’s record in his show­piece dis­ci­pline Sin­gle Buck and never re­lin­quished it. ‘‘The ti­tle means a great deal to me. At the end, it all comes down to the Hot Saw and here the small­est de­tails mat­ter,’’ Wyn­yard said.

In the Hot Saw, com­peti­tors use a cus­tomised chain saw with a mod­i­fied en­gine, usu­ally taken from a per­sonal wa­ter­craft or snow­mo­bile.

In the team com­pe­ti­tion, the Ki­wis, led by Wyn­yard, de­feated the Pol­ish team in the fi­nal and grabbed their fourth ti­tle. Aus­tralia had been the favourite but sur­pris­ingly lost against Poland in the semi-fi­nal, be­cause they re­ceived a time penalty due to an early start. The Poles fought the com­pe­ti­tion of their lives, caus­ing a ma­jor up­set.

As a 16 year old, Wyn­yard’s son Tai was the youngest player to ever make the Tall Blacks. He is now with the Ken­tucky Wild­cats.

Ja­son Wyn­yard of New Zealand com­petes in the team com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the Tim­ber­sports world cham­pi­onships in Lille­ham­mer.

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