The chips fly at last year’s Brunswick Woodchop Carnival – part of the Festival of the Fish and Chips.
The chips fly at last year’s Brunswick Woodchop Carnival – part of the Festival of the Fish and Chips.

Woodchop attracts world’s best

It’s the third largest woodchop show in Australia, and this year’s 51st Brunswick Woodchop Carnival is set for a flying start.


A host of international and national champion axemen and women will showcase their skills at the carnival, which will start next Wednesday (Jan 12).


 Eighty-five competitors, including 12 women and 15 junior boys, from throughout Australia and New Zealand will converge on the town for the four-day annual carnival – part of the Festival of the Fish and Chips.


Secretary of the Brunswick Valley Woodchop and Entertainment Committee Joy Slater said that although numbers were down a bit from last year, the woodchop carnival was shaping up to be ‘fantastic’.


“We just hope that a lot of our axemen and women from north Queensland will be able to get here despite the floods,” she said.


“Once again the woodchop carnival has attracted men and women who compete on the world stage, and last year’s men’s champion, Kyran Laurie, and the women’s champion, Kate Christiansen, will be back to defend their titles.”


Husband-and-wife team from New Zealand, Jason and Karmyn Wynyard, will return to the carnival after a year off due to the birth of their baby.


Jason is a world champion axeman.


Other big names attending this year include Brad Del Losa, who competes on the world circuit, as well as Brad Hains and Danny Staib.


“Hopefully all the rain we have had over Christmas has gone and we can look forward to some blue skies,” Mrs Slater said.


“The open events will be the ones to watch as the action will be non-stop and fast.


“The Brunswick carnival is the third largest in Australia behind Brisbane and Sydney, and this is something that the town can really be proud of.


“The committee are not woodchop people and the carnival has developed out of the town itself.


“It’s a financial boon for Brunswick, and once again our sponsors are back on board.”


As part of the carnival and the Festival of the Fish and Chips, a fireworks display will be held on Saturday (Jan 8) at 9pm.


There’s also the very popular fishing competition, with registration from 2pm in the timber housie shed on Saturday (Jan 8), and the weigh-in on Sunday at 11am.


An athletics carnival has also been planned at Thompson Oval on Sunday (Jan 9).


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