Collin Shephard

Professional Competitor Bio

Collin Shephard
Name: Collin Shephard
Height: 5’ 6”
Birthday: October 6, 1983
Location: Warren, PA
Job: Natural Resource Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service
Interests: I love being outdoors and really enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking. I travel as much as life allows and am always looking forward to the next adventure to and around a new place. I enjoy cooking when I can take my time, have a hard time passing up a not-yet-sampled winery/brewery/distillery, and snowboard to pass the time in the winter.

How long have you competed in lumberjack sports?
I competed two years in college (2003-2005) and have been competing professionally since 2007.

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports and when did you start competing?
My first introduction to lumberjack sports came through my family. First my grandparents and then my mom, sisters, and I volunteered at a local competition for years, so I was exposed to lumberjack sports from day 1, but didn’t consider competing myself. That was until my junior year of college when I transferred to the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. I signed up for the Woodsmen’s Team at one of those new student orientation events and, after finding the courage to actually show up at the first practice (I was ridiculously nervous and spent most of the day talking myself in and out of going), I haven’t looked back since. Best…decision…ever.

How do you train for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
A combination of event training, weight lifting, and cardio that has unintentionally slipped into a seasonal groove with event training spring through fall, weight lifting winter and spring, and cardio winter through summer.

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline?
I used to consider myself a far stronger sawyer than chopper, but after a decade+ love-hate (mostly the latter) relationship with the underhand, I’d have to say it’s now my strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline. This tells me I have work to do in the other two.

What advice would you give to young female athletes interested in competing in the sport?
Whether you asked for it or not, listen to the advice of others – you have something to learn from everyone. Then take all that you’ve learned and see what works best for you. In the meantime, be patient with yourself and others, and remember that hard work will pay off.