Daryl Weakland

Professional Competitor Bio


Daryl Weakland
Location: Kannapolis, NC
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: April 26, 1973
Job: Biology Teacher
Interests: I spend my free time wood chopping and bow hunting.
Athlete since: 2005
Training per week: I cut and split firewood and train the six TIMBERSPORTS events.

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
While attending Finger Lakes Community College, I went to a woodmen's team practice with a friend and tried the axe throw. I hit the target the first few times, and I was hooked. Ironically, the axe throw is now my least favorite event. After competing at the Finger Lakes for a year I transferred to SUNY ESF and continued competing.

When did you begin participating/competing in lumberjack sports and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
My first lumberjack contest was the Northeast Collegiate Spring Meet in 1993 at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. In 2005, I competed for the first time in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in Menomonie, WS.

How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and other lumberjack competitions?
I cut and split firewood and train the six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series events.

Best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series discipline:
Best event? That can change every other day. I have had the most success with the sawing events over the years, but I love the chopping events.

Any advice for the collegiate competitors?
This sport is like everything else in life; you get out of it what you put in.

What pro athlete/celebrity would you like to see try one of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series disciplines?
Tim Tebow. His ESPN documentary talked about him chopping wood to keep in shape. It would be interesting to see him give a competition a try.

Favorite TV Show:
Deadliest Catch