(August 13, 2023) – The top male and female STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® athletes convened this weekend for the first championship event in Canada’s West Coast in 10 years and gave the rabid fans plenty to cheer about. When the sawdust settled and the axe-tion was complete, two new champions were crowned, and two world records were broken.
Cumberland shows that confidence and composure is the key to success.
Ben Cumberland had a solid run through the competition, putting up great times in each discipline. When it came down to the final 6 in the hot saw, it was Ben who handled his monstrous hot saw with grace and precision, making the only clean cut in the field and earning the only points of the round which skyrocketed him to first place in the points total and the undisputed Canadian Champion.
To make the weekend even sweeter for Cumberland he set a new world record in Single Buck with a time of 10.47, overtaking fellow Canadian Marcel Dupuis previous record of 11.42 by nearly an entire second.
“I feel very blessed to win the competition, coming into the championships I hadn’t trained as much as I wanted to due to busy personally life (Ben has been fighting forest fires across Canada all summer) but gave it my all and I am pretty happy with how it turned out” said, Ben Cumberland of his performance.
The podium saw Canada’s 2021 and 2022 Champion Marcel Dupuis falling to 3rd place on the podium while Stirling Hart’s return to Timbersports since 2019 saw him take the number 2 spot.
Sights Set on Germany
Ben Cumberland was the World Rookie Champion of 2016 and now has the opportunity to represent Canada on the World stage in the Pro Division taking place in Stuttgart, Germany on November 4th, 2023. Ben has his sights set on a podium finish at the Worlds where he is determined to put up personal bests and improve on his new world record.
Naud takes top spot at the Canadian Women’s Championship
Finishing off the weekend on Sunday afternoon was the Canadian Women’s Championship, featuring the top 8 Canadian lumberjills. Stephanie Naud from Quebec edged out her competitors in a closely fought battle to win her second Canadian Championship since 2019.
Contributing to the win was a stellar performance in the underhand chop that set a new world record with an impressive chopping time of 28.62 seconds. Rounding out the podium were Andrea Hand and Allison Briscoe.