The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Canadian Championship was held July 25-27, 2019 with 17 of Canada’s top professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS athletes competing for the Canadian Champion title with the most coveted title awarded for a second time in a row to Nathan Cumberland. The Championship took place at Celebration Square in downtown Mississauga, Ontario. The first round of Pro Men’s Qualifiers began on Thursday and continued with the Rookie’s Division Championship and another round of Men’s Pro Qualifiers on Friday. Saturday finished off with exciting battles for both the title of the Pro Women’s Division Champion and the 2019 Canadian Champion.
Using sharp axes and powerful chain saws, athletes competed in six different disciplines that involved cutting wood both quickly and meticulously in timed trials.
The overall victor, defending Champion Nathan Cumberland from Keswick Ridge, NB chopped and sawed his way to the 2019 Canadian Championship title, dominating the other fierce competitors to add his name yet again to the coveted Peter Colliver Memorial Trophy.
Stéphanie Naud from Brigham, QC was crowned the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Women’s Champion after she demonstrated great agility and precision, while competing against five other highly skilled athletes. Another notable success was Brittany Maclean from Wheatley River, PEI, who set a new national record in women’s Stock Saw on her first ever appearance on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS stage.
Up-and-comer, Dominic Mercier from St. Sylvère, QC is starting to make a name for himself by beating out five other solid competitors for the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Rookie Canadian Championship title.
Team Canada has also been announced for the athletes that will represent Canada at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic in October. The team will consist of Ben Cumberland, Marcel Dupuis, Stirling Hart and Carson Bischoff.
As well in July, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Trophy was held on the beautiful Cape Breton Island in Sydney, NS on Canada Day. Twelve athletes competed in a race to complete the stock saw, underhand chop, single buck and standing block chop in the fastest time in an elimination draw. In the final heat, Stirling Hart from Vancouver, BC won the race against Marcel Dupuis from Memrancook, NB. Stirling Hart, the defending Canadian Trophy Champion, will once again represent Canada at the World Champions Trophy in the spring of 2020.
Stay tuned in the fall to watch all of these events on TSN!