LOOKING FOR ANOTHER WORLD TITLE: Lithgow’s Brad Delosa.ROUND two of the 2016 Australian StihlTimbersports championships gets under waytoday in arguably the birth of woodchopping,Tasmania, with the chips flying in Agfest,Launceston with the round going through totomorrow.
Taking part in the round is Lithgow’s formerworld champion Brad Delosa who has hadsomewhat of a tough preparation for his fiveevents.
Delosa tore an intercostal muscle in hisabdomen while chopping at the Royal EasterShow on April 28 and has just been getting backinto training after some light chopping, swimmingand physio in his recuperation.
Following the success of the inauguralAustralian championship last year, SthilTimbersports continues to carve its place onthe Australian sporting calendar with a new formatinvolving five gruelling rounds held acrossthe country.
Delosa has pleasant memories of his last tripto Stuttgart where he won his world championshiptitle and he is expected to make thisyear’s team.
The top five placed athletes are selected forthe Australian team, who will compete in theteam relay event at the world championship,also giving them the chance to come home asthe 2016 team world champions.
If they do, it will be Australia’s third consecutivetitle, following victory in Innsbruck, Austria(2014) and Poznan, Poland (2015) with Delosa amember of both successful teams.
After finishing up with Delta, Delosa hastaken up a position as a co-ordinator and partof the promotions team with Sthil and after settlingdown in his new role is really enjoying it.
The series has just signed a two year dealwith 7Mate with all the action being televisedthrough this station.
The travelling is hard on the family, but wifeRene, daughter Chloe (5), sons Luke (3) andBrody (18 months) are very supportive of him.
Delosa will take part in the springboard,underhand, stock saw, standard block, singlesaw and hot saw events at Launceston and islooking forward to see just how he will fair afterhis limited preparation.
The next series will be in Ipswich inQueensland in July.
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