The NSW State chainsaw championships, held at the 140th Taree Show on the weekend of October 6 and 7, has been won by a Queenslander.
Wayne Donovan was only three points ahead of Matt Osborne, from Kendall, in the overall pointscore after two days of competition. Both Wayne and Matt are Australian title holders in the sport.
The event attracted 60 competitors including 33 novices. A novice is a competitor who hasn’t won and title or a race.
Matt Donohue, who helped organise the championships, said it was very successful and the two days of competition went ahead despite Saturday’s rain.
Competitors have to convert a two metre long billet (chunk of wood) into six or eight fence posts.
Chainsaw racing has been part of Taree Show for three years now, but the State championship event this year was the biggest so far, Matt said. Prior to the Taree titles there hadn’t been a championship since 2008 and Matt said they main aim to host another State title in 2020.
But next year they hope to find an ‘old school’ obscure event involving axes or chainsaws.