THE CHIPS were flying as Deloraine local Daniel Gurr competed and was crowned winner of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ® Rookie World Championship in Marseilles, France in front of thousands of fans from around the world.
The best rookie athletes in the sport performed against the clock in four exciting rounds: Stocksaw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop.
Competing against favourites Chas Haas (USA) and Thomas Henderson (Canada), a thrilling final heat saw Daniel trailing Italy’s Michael Del Pin by 3 points.
Smashing his personal best in the Underhand Chop to take maximum points, Daniel achieved a combined time of 1:00:20 seconds - a total of 23 points. Del Pin fell 0.30 seconds short , making Daniel the first Australian to win the coveted title!
Daniel, a second generation woodchopper, was thrilled: “I’m stoked, an Australian has never won the Rookie title before … I’m honoured to have represented my country and … I’m so glad all the hard work paid off in the end.”