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Top wood chopping axeman Brent Rees set to display skills at Albany Agriculture Show

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35 year-old Osborne Park resident Brent Rees is heading to the Gold Coast to compete in the Original Extreme Sport - STIHL TIMBERSPORTS - on September 15 & 16.
Camera Icon35 year-old Osborne Park resident Brent Rees is heading to the Gold Coast to compete in the Original Extreme Sport - STIHL TIMBERSPORTS - on September 15 & 16. Credit: Simon Santi The West Australian

Australia’s top axeman Brent Rees is fired up to put on a display of high-powered chainsaws, razor-sharp axes and brute strength at Albany Agricultural Show this weekend.

The third generation log chopper is well-known in the sport for his 14-year-long streak as WA’s State champion.

After making the under-21 Australian team, Mr Rees, pictured, travelled the world competing and won a world championship in Austria with the Chopperoos in 2014.

At the show, he will demonstrate the major log chopping disciplines such as the standing block which simulates cutting down a tree and the underhand chop which is the practice of cutting up a tree.

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“It will be good, it will be loud and there will be heaps of action,” Mr Rees said.

“There will be lots of razor sharp axes which are always great for the crowd to come and have a look at.”

A mighty 330CC chainsaw, used by Mr Rees in the TV series STIHL Timbersports, will be making an appearance during the hot saw demonstration in which competitors cut three thin slices from a log.

Mr Rees encouraged families to come along and witness a long-standing Australian sport.

“If you speak to anyone they always talk about their childhood going along to agricultural shows and royal shows where they watched the woodchopping,” he said.

“The sport brings a lot of people together and brings back a bit of their childhood.”

Albany Agriculture Show starts at 9am on Friday and finishes at 5pm on Saturday.

Entry is $10 per person with children under 15 free.

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