MIDDLE Swan woodchopper Ethan Reynolds comes from a long line of axemen, the fourth generation of his family to enter the world of competitive wood chopping.
His grandad Bob Reynolds (81) is WA’s oldest competing axeman alongside his dad Brett and brothers Max, Tyler and Austin who also compete in the sport. His late great-grandfather was another competitive woodchopper.
The Swan Christian College Year 9 student will represent WA in the invitational U18 Round Robin Event at the Adelaide Show which kicks off on August 31.
Reynolds said he started chopping wood as soon as he could pick up an axe.
“I’ve been around the world of wood chopping since I was born,” he said.
“I started off with wooden axes my dad made and slowly progressed to real axes.
“I competed in my first event when I was eight and have got keener and more into wood chopping as the years went on.”
Reynolds said he loved the physicality and competitiveness of the endurance sport.
“Wood chopping is a sport that the whole family can enjoy because it has events to cater for everyone,” he said.
“Being able to compete against my brothers and my dad grows the competitive nature throughout the family.”
Reynolds said there were opportunities to compete in the sport overseas.
“With timber sports being introduced to the world throughout North America, New Zealand and Europe, it allows many nations to compete in the sport in a bid to be crowned the best axeman or wood chopping country in the world.”