On Friday, 19 January 2018, the Champions Trophy was officially announced in the city hall of Marseille. Richard Miron of the city's sports department invited Regís Guimont of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® France and French medal hope Pierre Puybaret to saw the first cookie in Marseille. More will follow in May when the twelve top athletes from all over the world will compete against each other in a thrilling competition.
On 26 May 2018 the international elite will go head-to-head in front of the iconic MuCEM building next to the city's beautiful harbour. Competitors will include the reigning world champion Jason Wynyard from New Zealand, French champion Pierre Puybaret and ten more top athletes from Europe and around the world.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy sees the world's best logger sports athletes do battle with razor-sharp axes and saws in a series of disciplines requiring power, precision and endurance. Only the best qualify for what is regarded as the sport's toughest competition. In 2018 the event will take place on 26 May in front of the MuCEM in Marseille. Set against the stunning backdrop of the city's beautiful harbour, the elite athletes will go head-to-head in four consecutive disciplines held in a knockout format. The top competitors manage to chop through four wooden blocks in less than a minute.
Competing for France will be the national Champion of 2017, Pierre Puybaret from Bourg d'Oisans. Puybaret has several national titles as well as five of six possible national discipline records to his name. At the 2017 Individual World Championship he took a good sixth place. The Frenchman has his eyes firmly set on a strong performance at the Champions Trophy in Marseille: "I always look forward to testing myself against the other athletes. Everyone competing will be in great shape, both physically and mentally. Of course, performing in front of a home crowd will give me that extra little bit of motivation."
Among those competing at the Champions Trophy in Marseille will also be the reigning and record-holding world champion Jason Wynyard. The New Zealander, one of the sport's outstanding athletes, is looking forward to the first international competition of the season. Two more title favourites are the Canadian Stirling Hart and Martin Komarek from the Czech Republic. At last year's Champions Trophy Stirling Hart finished second right behind Australia's Brad De Losa, while Komarek came in third. In Marseille more top athletes from the U.S.A., Australia, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Austria and Great Britain will compete.
Alongside with the Champions Trophy, the Rookie World Championship will take place in the same venue. The world's best up-and-coming logger sports athletes from all over the world will go head-to-head in Marseille. Representing France will be 20-year-old Lucas Schott.
Ticket sales will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
A livestream of both events will be available at:
Rookie World Championship: 26 May 2018, from 16:00
Champions Trophy: 26 May 2018, from 19:00
MuCEM, Esplanade J4, 13002 Marseille, France