Top U.S. Athletes Compete in the Sydney Royal Easter Show




Several of the top American lumberjack sports competitors went overseas to compete in one of the biggest lumberjack shows in Australia. The Sydney Royal Easter Show, held April 6 to 19, is Australia's largest annual ticketed event, attracting more than 850,000 attendees annually. The lumberjack sports portion of the show attracts competitors from all over the world.

The following American athletes, many of whom also compete in the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, made the trek to Australia to compete: Matt Cogar, Arden Cogar, Jr., Jason Lentz, Nathan Waterfield, Derek Knutson, Adam LaSalle, Matt Slingerland and Ben Kniceley. The U.S. men had a good showing overall, with a standout performance from Matt Cogar and Lentz, who won the Double Buck World Championship. Their victory marked the first time Americans have won in the event’s 120+ year history. The victory was especially noteworthy given that the duo was ranked eighth out of eight teams going in to the final round.

Additionally, American female athletes also attended, including Erin LaVoie, Martha King, Collin Shephard, Alexis Halstead, Julie Miller, Darcy Rose and Kelly Kerrigan. These women will be competing in the inaugural U.S. STIHL ® TIMBERSPORTS ® Women’s Division Championship in June. The big news for the Americans was that Erin LaVoie became the first American to win the Women’s Underhand Championship.

Congratulations to all of our U.S. athletes!