Prague is preparing to host the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship and the exciting is growing as STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® confirmed the line-up for the Individual Event of this year's event. The very best woodchopping and sawing athletes across the globe are heading to the Czech capital for a spectacular weekend of high-octane, extreme sporting action across 1 and 2 November.
Following the conclusion of the national championships, which determine qualification for the Indiviudal Event of the World Championship, the 12-strong line-up of athletes who will take to the stage at the Industrial Palace on the evening of Saturday, 2 November, can be revealed.
The 12 athletes are: Ben Cumberland (Canada), Michał Dubicki (Poland), Christophe Geissler (Switzerland), Shane Jordan (New Zealand), Danny Mahr (Germany), Koen Martens (Belgium), Brayden Meyer (Australia), Elgan Pugh (Great Britain), Pierre Puybaret (France), Martin Roušal (Czech Republic), Cassidy Scheer (USA) and Ferry Svan (Sweden).
The national championships threw up a number of surprises, with Australia's Brayden Meyer – part of last year's dominant Chopperoos world champion team - beating current Individual World Champion Laurence O'Toole and Cassidy Sheer breaking the winning streak of Matt Cogar at the U.S. Championship.
New Zealand and Canada also provide fresh faces, with Shane Jordan filling the considerable boots of the nine-time World Champion Jason Wynyard and 2016 Rookie World Champion Ben Cumberland stepping in to replace his brother Nathan who represented Canada last year.
Also making their debuts in the Individual Event are Poland's Dubicki, Sweden's Svan and Germany's Mahr, whilst Elgan Pugh is once again the Great Britain representative, having been the best performing European athlete throughout the TIMBERSPORTS® season.
Meanwhile, Martin Roušal of host nation Czech Republic gets the opportunity to perform in front of his home crowd, having beaten his compatriot Martin Komárek in the Czech National Championships.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship sees the best athletes from across the globe compete in a series of woodchopping challenges utilizing axes and saws. The original extreme sport will head to the Czech Republic for the very first time, with the rest of the world aiming to end the dominance of Australia after they secured a World Championship double in 2018.
The Chopperoos produced an electrifying performance and set a world record on their way to winning the team event, pipping the USA to the title. Aussie Laurence O'Toole then put on woodchopping and sawing masterclass to take the individual event by storm, capping off an incredible weekend of extreme sporting action. Over 6,000 spectators attended the 2018 World Championship in Liverpool, as the event made a successful debut in the UK. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® will be looking to make history once again in Prague with another stunning night of speed, power and skill.
Athletes from 20 nations will be battling it out in Prague for the Individual and Team titles. In the team event on Friday 1 November, the national teams will compete against each other in a knockout system, where the disciplines of Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop are completed by four athletes in a relay.
The world's top twelve athletes will then compete against one another in all six disciplines as part of the individual competition on Saturday 2 November. In each discipline the competitor is awarded points according to their achieved time, with the athlete achieving the highest number of points declared the Individual World Champion.
Tickets for the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship are almost sold out with only limited availability for the Team Event on Friday 1st November. Day tickets are available for 490 CZK at https://www.stihl-timbersports.com
Friday 1 November: Team World Championship 2019, 7:00 pm local time
Saturday 2 November: Individual World Championship 2019, 7:00 pm local time
Industrial Palace, Výstaviště, 170 00 Praha 7-Bubeneč, Czech Republic
Team and Individual World Championship will be streamed on:
www.stihl-timbersports.com, https://www.facebook.com/stihltimbersports, https://www.youtube.com/user/STIHLTIMBERSPORTStv and https://www.twitch.tv/stihltimbersports