Poznan is the host for the 11th annual STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship. The world's top lumberjack athletes will meet at the Congress Center in this western Polish city on November 13 and 14. Over 100 athletes from more than 20 nations will line up to determine the 2015 world champion in the team and individual competitions.
Poznan Mayor Jacek Jaskowiak is very pleased that the city has brought a top event in the elite division of lumberjack sports to Poland for the first time. “I am delighted that the city of Poznan is hosting the upcoming World Championship, said Jaskowiak.” This is the most important competition in all of competitive lumberjack sports.
“I am convinced that it will be a great and exciting event that is sure to help popularize this type of sport throughout Poland.”
Like previous World Championship venues Innsbruck (2014), Stuttgart (2013) and Lillehammer (2012), Poznan is a city that’s big on sports, as it proved most recently with the European Rowing Championships in May 2015. Six months later, Poznan will receive the elite lumberjack athletes from all over Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. The first day of the competition will see the national teams from more than 20 countries competing against one another in the team contest at the city’s Congress Center. On the competition’s second day, the 12 best international athletes will battle for the title and medals in the individual rating. Each day’s contests will last about three hours and will be accompanied by a supporting program of events.
At last year’s World Championship in Austria, New Zealander Jason Wynyard secured victory in the individual competition ahead of athletes from the Czech Republic and Australia, while in the team event the Australians finished ahead of top competitors from Canada and the USA. The Polish national team hopes to take advantage of home field, with a goal of finishing in the top eight. They are led by national champion and captain, Arkadiusz Drozdek. Back in 2008 the team was the runner-up European champion in the European Championship held in St. Johann, in Austria’s Tyrol. The 2015 World Championship is expected to draw fans from Poland and all over the world, and particularly from the Czech Republic, Germany and Scandinavia, in view of their geographical proximity. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship is also likely to be popular with the employees of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, an official partner to the Series. Poznan is home to the firm’s Polish marketing company as well as a factory with more than 7,000 employees.
Spectacular disciplines to thrill spectators
The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series is an international competition series in lumberjack sports, which has a long tradition. The history of the first contests dates back to 1870. The first wood chopping World Championships took place in Tasmania in 1891. From there, logging sports took off around the world. Even today, nearly all the disciplines - three with the axe and three with the saw - replicate traditional forestry activities. All the disciplines revolve around the athlete and his handling of the sports equipment and the wood. In the individual competition for the World Championship in Poznan, and in the 10 or so national championships taking place around the world between May and October, the athletes have to complete in six disciplines – Springboard, Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck, Underhand Chop and Hot Saw. The Springboard and Hot Saw disciplines are not included in the team competition for the World Championship or in the Champions Trophy. The World Championship in the elite division of lumberjack sports attracts up to 10,000 spectators to the live events, with millions of fans regularly following the competitions on Eurosport and other television stations worldwide.