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The Bruns woodchop, held in Banner Park, celebrates 60 years in 2020.

From January 15 to 18, there are 36 events for men, women and juniors in chopping, sawing, tree, relays and chainsaw competitions.

Organisers say, ‘The carnival has attracted some of the best competitors in the world, including our own Australian representative team and axemen from the USA, Sweden and New Zealand.

‘Aussie Laurence O’Toole, who had won the 2018 Stihl Timbersports World Championship, qualified to defend the 2019 title in Sweden but was just beaten for the title. Some of the Australian team members including Brad de Losa, a Brunswick Heads favourite, Laurence O’Toole and Mitch Argent will be competing here.

‘These three axemen, together with Glen Gillam and Brayden Meyer, formed the Chopperoos team and claimed their sixth world championship. Brayden also had success in winning the Stihl Timbersports world champion title.

‘Two Australian titles are up for grabs, with a final on both Friday and Saturday night. The Tree Championship final will take place on Friday afternoon. There are seven finals on Saturday night, including the three man relay of underhand, standing and tree.

‘The final event is the State of Origin NSW take on Queensland, who currently lead the 43 year competition with 23 to 20 wins.

‘We encourage spectators to come along – there is no admission charged.

‘Come along and cheer them on. Encourage the juniors along as they are most probably the next generation of competitors. We have many instances of generations of the one family appearing at Brunswick Heads’.

Organisers say that subject to the appropriate permits and weather on the night, the annual family fireworks will be happening at Banner Park on Saturday January 11 from 9pm.


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