Mitch Argent from Blackbutt, Queensland, axed the competition at the 2021 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Trophy in Melbourne overnight.
Argent battled it out against 13 of Australia's best STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® athletes in the Original Extreme Sport, chopping and sawing through four blocks of wood in a time of just 1:24.57, beating Victorian and reigning world champion Brayden Meyer by 8.57 seconds in a thrilling Grand Final of the knock-out competition.
This marks the third year that Argent has nudged out the competition to claim the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Trophy, the champion thrilled to add another trophy to his collection.
"It was a big day and I had to dig deep. The boys were really tough competition, but it's good to take out the competition in the end" Argent said.
On the way to the final he placed second in the time trial with a time of 1:15.29 to advance to the knockout stages where he beat Chris Owen in the quarter finals in 1:24.08 and Brad De Losa in the semi final in 1:18.62.
The Australian Trophy featured the 14 highest-ranking TIMBERSPORTS® athletes in the country, who went head-to-head in a series of knockout match-ups. In each match-up, athletes completed four disciplines back-to-back: Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop. The fastest athlete from each match-up progressed to the next round, culminating in a grand final between the last two remaining competitors.
Thousands of spectators converged on the St Kilda Foreshore to watch Australia's top STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® athletes battle it out with razor-sharp axes and high-powered chainsaws.
Renee Retschlag from Kilcoy, Queensland has taken the national title at the 2021 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Women's Championship held in St Kilda over the weekend.
In an incredibly close competition, two ladies tied on 13 points at the end of three TIMBERSPORTS® axe and sawing disciplines. The champion was awarded based on a countback of combined times, which had Retschlag just under 6 seconds faster than eventual runner-up Jodie Beutel.
Retschlag edged out five of the country's best female TIMBERSPORTS® athletes to walk away with the acclaimed title for the first time, after narrowly missing out on the title in 2017 and 2018.