Kendall Kunelius

Professional Competitor Bio

Kendall Kunelius
Location: Chester, NH
Height: 5'8"
Birthday: December 4, 1992
Job: Receiving manager at Tractor Supply Co.
Interests: Besides STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, my interests and hobbies include horse riding, gardening, and landscaping. I also coach the University of New Hampshire Woodsmen Team.

How long have you competed in lumberjack sports?
This is my sixth year competing professionally.

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports and when did you start competing?
I got involved in STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® when I was a sophomore in college. A friend and I were riding on the bus back to our dorm and she asked me if I'd like to join her at Woodsmen team practice that evening. I agreed, and have been training and competing ever since.

How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
My motto is "quality over quantity" when it comes to training - I benefit more from one good training session than three half-hearted sessions. Since I am coaching three nights per week, talking about each event for several hours while watching and critiquing the students is a hugely important piece in my training. It develops my critical eye for small mistakes and technical errors. When I sit down to watch myself on videos, I am able to pick out the pieces I need to work on much faster. In terms of my physical training, I work on cardio and speed at the gym while much of my muscle strength comes from the heavy lifting I do at work. In short, there are quite a few varied pieces to the training puzzle. I am a person who tends to get bored just going to the gym, so having many fitness options is a big help in motivating myself to get stronger and healthier.

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series discipline?
My strongest discipline at this point is stock saw, but I would say singlebuck is a very close second.

What advice would you give to young female athletes interested in competing on the Series?
The words that I most often offer pertain to the way that we as women approach this sport. We have every right to compete on this stage, to run a chainsaw, to chop and saw; not because we are women, but because we are athletes. A famous tennis player was reported to have been the best female athlete in the world. Her reply was to question the fact that she was termed a "female athlete," not an "athlete." The young women in this sport cannot lose sight of the fact that we are athletes first and foremost, and as in any sport, a healthy dose of self-respect is crucial to achieve their goals.