Western Leader : Western Leader 2nd November
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Jason has axe to grind Hard work: Jason Wynyard is back at his old training ground in Massey after defending his international titles. Photo: TUREI MACKEY By TUREI MACKEY WOODCHOPPING champion Jason Wynyard is continuing his quest for sawing perfec- tion. The 37-year-old returned home to Massey last week after winning numerous events overseas including his ninth Stihl Timbersports title in the United States. He also won world individ- ual and team titles in Austria. At the world champs Wynyard raised the prospect of retiring from wood- chopping. When I was asked that question I was a bit homesick and just wanted to be back here with the family,'' he says. So it sounded like I was retiring but there is no chance of that happening -- I have at least another 10 years left in the sport.'' But while Wynyard has no plans of slowing down Amer- ican organisers have created plans which could halt him and fellow Kiwi David Bol- stad from continuing their domination in the US. Both men have ensured only New Zealanders have held the Timbersport series title since 1997. Only Americans will be allowed to compete on the US circuit from as early as 2012. Unfortunately that is the way they think they can improve their own domestic competitors,'' he says. It leaves a pretty bad taste in your mouth when you have dedicated and sacrificed a lot of your time to doing well in those tournaments,'' Wynyard says. He has been invited to next year's series and will be focused on putting in his best performance in what could be his last in the United States. It is a little bit sad but I guess it's more motivation to do really well.'' He says whatever the future of the sport holds he will keep on chopping and sawing. It is just something I love doing -- it has its ups and downs but I think the thing which keeps me motivated is how you can always do bet- ter,'' he says. There is always something to work on.'' He has no set training regime and hasn't picked up any injuries from competing, though training has given him back problems. I have had back troubles in the previous years,'' he says. But it's not from compet- ing, it was from lifting wood blocks. So I don't throw things around like I used to.''
November 4th 2010