Mitch Hewitt wins the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® 2017 Canadian Championship in London, ON

LONDON, ON, Aug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Canadian Championship was held August 4-6, 2017 with 20 of Canada's top professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS athletes competing for the Canadian Champion title with the most coveted title awarded to Mitch Hewitt. The Championship took place at London's RibFest on Friday with the first round of Men's Pro Qualifiers and continued with the Women's Division Championship and another round of Men's Pro Qualifiers on Saturday. The weekend finished on Sunday with exciting battles for both the title of the Rookie Division Champion and the 2017 Canadian Champion.

Using sharp axes and powerful chainsaws, athletes competed in six different disciplines,  that involved cutting wood both quickly and meticulously in timed trials.

The overall victor, Mitch Hewitt from Scotch Creek, British Columbia chopped and sawed his way to the 2017 Canadian Championship title, dominating the other nineteen fierce competitors.

Kelly Bowness from Alberton, Prince Edward Island was crowned the 2017 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Women's Champion after she demonstrated great agility and precision, while competing against six other highly skilled athletes.

Up-and-comer, Thomas Henderson from River John, Nova Scotia, is starting to make a name for himself by beating out five other solid competitors for the 2017 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Rookie Canadian Championship title.

The Canadian Championship competition also determines the athletes who will make up Team Canada at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which in 2017 will happen in Lillehammer, Norway this November 3rd and 4th.

As the 2017 Canadian Champion, Mitch Hewitt will lead a team of five other strong athletes, including Stirling Hart, Marcel Dupuis, Nathan Cumberland and Nick Russell. Rookie Champion, Thomas Henderson, will also join Team Canada to Norway.


The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series is established worldwide as the major league of logger sports, with a massive global fan-base following competitive events – live and on TV. The sport originated in Canada, the USA and New Zealand, where loggers held local competitions to determine the best of their profession. Over time, these tests of strength and skill have evolved to a professional level. In 1985, the first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championships was held in the USA.

In Canada, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS has consistently grown from a niche sport to a National Tour with competitions across the country.

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