Founded in 1985, Stihl Timbersports is the first attempt to create an official organised event pitting the world’s best woodsmen against each other in a range of different disciplines.
But while the sport might seem relatively young, its roots can be traced back hundreds of years to lumberyard workers in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand competing among themselves to determine who was the best.
During an exclusive chat with Daily Star Online, 27-year-old Glen Penlington – ranked number three in Britain – explained what the sport is all about.
“You compete in events individually, accumulating points and then at the end of the day, the winner is the person with the most points throughout the six events.”
It’s fair to say most in Britain would be unfamiliar with the unusual extreme sport – but the bizarre activity is hugely popular around the globe.
More than 20 million people are estimated to tune in worldwide and it is the second longest-running show on ESPN.
He explained how he stumbled into becoming one of the greatest athletes on the circuit following a career spanning more than two decades.
“I was asked to go to an old Devon shop, who had a very good axeman. He passed away prematurely with an illness and I was asked to join in with the team.
“Lo and behold, I was instantly good at it. In my second season, I won my first British title which was pretty amazing given how long I’d been in the sport.
“It was all-round event and you had to be consistent at six events – an endurance specialist.”
Team GB will be looking to make the most of home advantage as they seek to dethrone individual world number one Jason Wynyard and team competition winners New Zealand later this year.
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Source: Daily Star