The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports, with a massive global fan-base following competitive events live and on TV.
Lumberjack sport's origins go back to 19th century Australia, where foresters would compete with each other outside work, testing their technique and speed of felling and cutting up trees. Over time these tests of strength and skill evolved to a professional level and in 1985 the official STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series was launched in the USA, with a standard set of rules and training structures. Europe joined the Series in 2001, and competitions are today held on four continents with some 2,000 athletes from 23 nations taking part. 2014 marks Great Britain's second National Championship and the first ever GB Rookie Cup, encouraging athletes at all levels to compete in this top lumberjack sport.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® comprises six disciplines: three with an axe and three with a saw; each testing athletes' strength, endurance and technical ability. The disciplines replicate lumberjack skills, simulating the practice of felling or managing felled trees. It's fast, it's fascinating and it's thrilling to watch!