Australia’s top professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® athletes will make their way to sunny Cairns for the first time on Saturday 16 March to compete in the 2024 Australian Trophy & Australian Women’s Championship at the Cairns Convention Center. 

The reigning Australian Trophy Champion Laurence O'Toole on the standing block chop.
The reigning Australian Trophy Champion Laurence O'Toole on the standing block chop.

Three-time Australian Trophy winner and reigning champion Laurence O’Toole will defend his title against 15 of Australia’s elite STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® athletes, with his biggest competition expected to come from the 2022 winner Brad De Losa and 2021 champion Mitch Argent who are ready to take back the crown.

Laurence O’Toole said: “2023 was a great year for me as an athlete, including winning the Australian Trophy and coming second in the Australian Pro Championship. Coming into the 2024 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® season I am looking to take home the win again, but competition will be fierce this year. I would love the chance to represent Australia again at the 2024 World Trophy.” 

2023 Australian Women’s Champion Jodie Beutel will be looking to defend her title on home turf. But competition will be hot on her heels, including last year’s runner up Amanda Beams and third place finisher Katrina Head, both athletes will be looking to take that number one spot on the podium this year.

Women’s Australian Champion Jodie Beutel said: “It’s an amazing feeling heading into this year's competition with the 2023 championship under my belt, and competing in Queensland will hopefully give me a home ground advantage. But I’m not leaving anything to chance, I’ll bring my all this 2024 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® season, I’ve been training hard and hope to defend the championship.”

Event Director Renee Kitto is thrilled to see the competition on a brand new stage. She said: “Excitingly for us, this is the first time STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® has been held in an indoor arena in Australia. Our TIMBERSPORTS® athletes are excited to visit far north Queensland and for the opportunity to compete in an amazing indoor venue. Tickets to the event are free, so we hope to see many Cairns locals come join us for an axe-tion packed day!

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