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Woodchop Champion Laurence O’Toole wins coveted Golden Axe


Doncaster’s Laurence O’Toole has been awarded the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the second year in a row.

The champion woodchopper claimed the coveted Golden Axe after placing first in more than 20 events throughout the nine-day competition.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Woodchop Championships see axemen and women compete in a number of events including Tree Felling, Axe Throwing, Chainsaw Racing, Standing Block and Underhand.

O’Toole, who is the current world champion in Underhand and Standing divisions, is a third generation member of the successful woodchop family, which has dominated woodchopping in Victoria for the past 60 years.

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the 2016 competition showcased the world-class standard of woodchop competitors in Australia.

“The Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships continue to showcase the incredible strength and skills of Australian competitors,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“We congratulate Laurence not only on his win at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show, but on his success competing both locally and internationally.”

The Handicap Grand Aggregate Trophy was awarded to 20-year-old Kyle Meyer, who is a fourth generation woodchopper.

The full results from the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships are available here.

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