STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Championship
15 June 2019
The last day of Fieldays ended with the buzz of a chainsaw and the new STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Champion take his place on the STIHL throne. Crowds gathered by the hundreds to watch eight men separate the wood from the trees in a nail biting competition.
Shane Jordan (32), from Stratford battled in six gruelling disciplines to fight for the top overall score of the competition. Shane has an impressive 17 years under his toolbelt in the sport and has previous success winning the Standing Block Championship title two years in a row at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Shane's brother Jack also took home a championship title during this year's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series at Fieldays, taking home the Rookie title in yesterday's competition.
Nathan McDonald (28) from Waiuku stood on the stump in second place and Jesse Whitehead (28) also from Waiuku stood on the stump in third place – there must be something in the water.
Shane, winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Championship was ecstatic about the win.
"I'm pretty wrapped. I first got involved in TIMBERSPORTS in 2010, and it's been almost a decade to get a win here, so I'm pretty happy" says Shane.
Jochen Speer, Managing Director of STIHL New Zealand was thrilled with how the competition unfolded.
"The competition today demonstrated the reason the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Championship exists. The passion, the determination and the talent that the competitors brought to the chopping block today was incredible. The competition showcased the best of the best talent that New Zealand has in the art and sport of woodchopping. The buzz of support from the crowd today just added to the atmosphere of the competition. All participants that competed today should be proud of their efforts and a huge congratulations to Shane who took out the 2019 title. Shane will be travelling to Prague to compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship in November, we wish him luck in bringing home the title" says Jochen.