Show’s hard men go for colour but cling to rubber soles
The tools of the trade are still razor sharp, the muscles are still bulging and the humble Dunlop Volley is still the footwear of choice, but after more than 100 years of woodchopping at the Royal Easter Show, competitors’ traditional white singlets have been axed.
The Wimbledon of woodchopping has gone the way of one day cricket and become multicoloured.
Over the 11 days of this year’s program, the 190 odd axemen and women are decked out in coloured singlets identifying their origins as they take to blocks of native hardwood.
NSW, Queensland and New Zealand competitors are naturally wearing blue, maroon and black respectively.
Debbie Brook, the show’s woodchopping co ordinator, says there has been no conservative battle to retain the white singlet. idemperor.com And, as the wife and mother of woodchoppers, she is grateful.
“I always say a man must have chosen white because a woman wouldn’t have. The washing!”
Competitive woodchopping in Australia traces its roots back to the Tasmanian town of Sprent and a 25 wager in 1870.
These days competitors come from as far away as Canada to fight for $120,000 of prizemoney in 47 events, five of them world championships. fake drivers license
The giant Tasmanian axeman David Foster, 46, still dominates the show’s record books with eight entries, four of them set back in 1984.
“He will have some very tough competition from the New Zealanders,” Mrs Brook said of the man who has won 181 world championship titles over three decades. “He has been on top for a lot of years, but age has started to slow him up.”
Foster who would also love to get rid of the white trousers for his wife’s sake is relaxed about no longer being the world’s greatest axeman.
“I’ve got a bad back,” he said. fake id maker online “I don’t have to prove anything. The most important thing is to have fun.”
But he can still do great things with a saw. A delighted Foster won his 14th 375mm single handed saw world championship yesterday, and on Thursday will team up with his 19 year old son, Stephen, in the double handed saw title.
Women, once restricted to the Jack and Jill saw events, are competing individually for the second year, and there are more events for the growing number of young axemen. fake id reddit
Greg Thomas, from the NSW Axemen’s Association, lobbied for introduction of the coloured singlets and would love to see more change.
Woodchopping, he said, had its own characters like rugby league’s Mark Geyer and Rex Mossop and deserved better media coverage, as it gets in the United States, where it is televised.