2013 Professional Competitor Bio
|Birthday:||July 11, 1988|
|Job:||Forestry Consultant at Plank Road Forestry, LLC in Wadesboro, NC|
How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
I started competing in lumberjack sports when I went to NC State University in 2006.
When did you begin participating/competing in lumberjack sports and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
The first time I competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series was in 2009. I competed in the Collegiate Qualifier in Arkansas.
How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and other lumberjack competitions?
I train by going through each event. It's important to analyze what you are doing right or wrong with each event in practice. Going through the motions of each event in practice will make them become second nature on competition day. (Or at least that's what we hope will happen!)
I also lift weights as a training technique for TIMBERSPORTS. I do not put nearly as much emphasis on lifting as I did in college. This is because time spent actually going through the motions of each event is much more valuable to me.
Are you related to any current or former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitors?
Best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series discipline:
I used to think Underhand Chop was my strongest event, but lately it has been Stock Saw.
For the past year my only hobby has been starting a forestry consulting business (Plank Road Forestry, LLC). That seems to take up all of my time, but it does keep me in the forests of North and South Carolina which I enjoy. Most of what I do in forestry consulting could be described as a hobby to some; things like prescribed burning, wildlife food plot management, Marking for (2nd, 3rd, 4th) Thinning Harvest, Hardwood Silviculture, Clear-cut sale setup, etc.
I do also try to find time for whitetail deer hunting and duck hunting.
Any advice for the collegiate competitors?
If you are just starting out and don't have a coach, then find someone who knows what they are doing and ask them if you can practice with them. Lots of pointless time gets wasted on practicing the wrong way. The more you practice correctly, the better you will become.
What pro athlete/celebrity would you like to see try one of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series disciplines?
I would like to see Daniel Tosh try Springboard Chop.
Name three songs on your training/working out playlist?
Adelitas Way - The Collapse
Disturbed - Inside the Fire
Five Finger Death Punch - Over and Under
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Proudest moment in your life so far:
2010 Graduation from NC State University