Sharp mind gives edge in competition - axeman

01:45, Dec 28 2012
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Cody Hurley, of Southland, competing in the 2nd Cromwell Town and Country Club wood chopping competition in Cromwell today.
Cromwell woodchop 2
Derek Manson, of Invercargill, in action today at Cromwell.
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Gavin Molloy in action.
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Terry Rice looking strong in Cromwell today.
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New Zealand under-21 wood chopping representative Brad Pako, of Cromwell.

Having mental as well as physical strength is the key to becoming a woodchopping champion.

Those were the words of advice from New Zealand under-21 woodchopping representative Brad Pako, of Cromwell, yesterday while competing at the 2nd Cromwell Town and Country Club woodchopping competition in Cromwell.

"You have to be prepared mentally and physically. Things can get on top of you at any time," Pako said.

Competing in front of a home crowd proved to be "a bit of pressure" for Pako, who had not put any training in for the past month.

You have to "practise, practise, practise" to be at the top of your game, he said.

Yesterday he won the boys' underhand final, was second in the small underhand first division and second in the first division of the butcher's block standing category with Jesse Whitehead.

A total of 21 competitors from Southland, Otago, the West Coast and Canterbury competed at yesterday's event as well as one axeman from Wales.

Southland Otago Axemen team member Wayne Corbin, of Riverton, said the wood being used in the competition was "fast" so competitors were able to cut through it quickly. Corbin was unable to compete because of a foot injury.

Pako will be back in action in Gore today to compete as part of the Southland Christmas wood chopping circuit.

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