STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is gearing up to host the World Championship of elite logger sports at the sold-out Porsche-Arena in Germany in November. After 2013 and 2016, the World Championship returns to Stuttgart this year. As the rush for tickets shows, this return was long overdue: the Porsche-Arena on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November is already completely sold out, weeks before the competition. Now the field of participants has also been confirmed.
With more than 100 athletes from 20 nations set to land in the Baden-Württemberg capital, a TIMBERSPORTS® festival is guaranteed. In 2016, more than 12,000 fans celebrated over two days. Now the set-up has been expanded with a stage that is open on all sides so that the entire Porsche-Arena can be used. This means more than 13,000 enthusiastic spectators will set a new audience record for a TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship.
Australia the nation to beat once again in the team competition
The season’s flagship event will open on 3rd November with the team competition, in which 20 national teams will face each other in the knock-out system. The 'Chopperoos' from Australia were unstoppable on their way to the title last year and will also go into the 2023 competition as favourites. If they win again, it will be their fourth consecutive Team World Championship triumph. The strongest competition comes from New Zealand, Canada, the USA, as well as Poland and Sweden from a European perspective. Team Germany also wants to attack the medal places with the support of the home crowd.
Many contenders but no top favourite in the individual competition
One day later, the 12 best athletes in the world will compete against each other in all six TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines at the Individual World Championship. The top-class field of participants is made up of the national champions from the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada as well as the best eight national champions from Europe.
As the sport’s best individuals meet in its pinnacle competition, Jack Jordan enters as slight favourite. The New Zealander has the chance to win both the World Trophy and the Individual World Championship this year. Only his late compatriot and TIMBERSPORTS® legend Jason Wynyard has managed the same feat, in 2011. Meanwhile, Jason Lentz, the 2021 Individual World Champion for the USA, and Ben Cumberland for Canada also go into the competition with championship credentials. Jamie Head will be competing for Australia for the first time. The ‘Chopperoo’ is already a multiple Team World Champion and beat former world champions Laurence O'Toole and Brad De Losa to qualify.
From Europe, among others, the winner of the European Trophy 2023 Redmer Knol (Netherlands) and the top three in the European Rankings - Danny Martin (Germany), Koen Martens (Belgium) and Michał Dubicki (Poland) - are aiming for the coveted title. Martin, the local German hero, will be hoping the passionate home fans can drive him to the top of the podium.
Live broadcasts bring the competitions to the fans at home
Those who have not managed to secure a ticket for the thrilling season highlight can follow both competitions via livestream on the official TIMBERSPORTS® channels. The Team and Individual World Championships will be broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch for all fans of the top competition in elite logger sports. Both competitions will also be broadcast live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy by the sports streaming platform DAZN.
Friday 3rd November from 7 pm CET: Team World Championship
Saturday 4th November from 7 pm CET: Individual World Championship