An Osborne Park wood chopper will represent Australia at the Timbersports World Championships

Champion axeman and Osborne Park resident Brent Rees. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d428037
Champion axeman and Osborne Park resident Brent Rees. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d428037

BRENT Rees says wood chopping is in his blood.

The Osborne Park diesel mechanic says his earliest memories involve running around with a tomahawk.

While this might seem unusual for most, Mr Rees is a third generation wood chopper.

He will fly to Austria next week to represent Australia at the World Championships in Innsbruck.

‘My grandfather used to chop and my father still chops, and then my brothers and I took it up,’ Mr Rees said.

‘When you’re a young boy you just want to do everything that your father does. I enjoy it, I love travelling with it and the people who do it; there’s nothing better than coming home from work and take any frustrations out on a log.’

Australia is ranked third in the world after last year’s championships, something Mr Rees says they can hopefully improve on.

‘We’ve got a good chance this year; we’ve won it before and have a good team,’ he said.

Mr Rees trains five days a week after 10-hour shifts at work and said there was more technique in wood chopping than people may think.

‘The best way to describe the technique is as a good golf swing,’ he said.

‘You can be the biggest person there but it doesn’t mean you’re going to hit the ball the furthest; it’s your timing, your technique, your co-ordination and that’s the same as wood chopping.’

The Timbersports World Championships will be held from November 14 to 15.