Power Equipment Australasia

EVENTS Chopping up a storm It was an unforgettable birthday for Poland’s Szymon Groenwald as the young ace produced a stunning display, setting a new world record in both the Underhand Chop and Single Buck to snatch first place from Australia’s Curtis Bennett to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® Rookie World Championship. After a powerful opener in the Underhand Chop, which set a striking new world record time of 13.64 seconds, Groenwald overcame adversity following a disqualification in the Stock Saw to set another stunning world record with a time of 9:01 in the Single Buck to claim the title. Curtis Bennett closely followed, showcasing his extreme power on route to a second-place finish, while New Zealander Sam Bellamy secured the final podium place. The Rookie World Championship starred 12 of the finest young talent in the world of TIMBERSPORTS ® across the renowned five disciplines – Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Standing Chop, Single Buck and Springboard. The athletes went neck-and-neck to stake their claim as the best Rookie on the planet. Standing proud, marginal-tournament favourite Curtis Bennett chopped up a storm in the first two disciplines, setting a personal best in both the Underhand Chop and Stock Saw to cement his place in first position in the standings. The opening disciplines saw six athletes set new personal best times in the Underhand Chop, including Belgium’s 16-year-old prodigee Kamiel Van Raemdonck. Speaking after finishing runner-up, Curtis Bennett, said: “The competition was okay, probably not as good as I wanted it to be. Szymon is obviously a very good competitor. It was good to have that sort of competition, but unfortunately today he was just better.” USA’s Erin LaVoie destroyed the Underhand Chop world record to beat Canada’s Allison Briscoe in spectacular fashion to capture the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® International Women Cup, with Aussie Jodie Beutel completing the podium in third. LaVoie achieved the fastest time in two of three TIMBERSPORTS ® disciplines including a mind-blowing world record time of 30:67 seconds in the Underhand Chop. The American finished four points clear of Canada’s Allison Briscoe, whilst Australia’s Beutel powered through to take the last podium stop. Contested across three iconic TIMBERSPORTS ® disciplines – Stock Saw, Single Buck and Underhand Chop, 12 elite female athletes went toe-to-toe in the adrenaline-pumping logger sports competition to determine who would be declared the winner. With the pressure on moving into the final discipline, the Underhand Chop, Briscoe gritted her teeth to achieve a personal best time of 52:63 seconds, pipping Chopperoo Beutel to second place. LaVoie surged forward, chomping to a new world record with a sensational time of 30:67 to take home the title. An overwhelmed Jodie Beutel, who finished third on the podium commented: “To get to the podium at this competition is just amazing. All the ladies are just fantastic. For me personally, I’m very proud of myself for making it that far. And getting on the podium with the best of the world.” JULY - AUGUST 2023 | POWER EQUIPMENT AUSTRALASIA | 13