Despite our best efforts to get an Australian athlete to the 2021 Individual World Championship, continued restrictions on international flights unfortunately means this year’s championship will go ahead without an Australian or New Zealand athlete for the first time in  the sports 36 year history.

The show must however go on, and the return of the Individual World Championship on Sunday, October 3 will see the best logger sports athletes from Europe, USA & Canada attempting to chop and saw their way to global glory. The event will take place behind closed doors at the Motorworld Munich in Germany.

The competition will bring together the national champions from Canada and the USA, as well as the ten best national champions from Europe, with the competitors set to battle it out to be crowned the best individual logger sports athlete in the world. It will be the first time since 2005 that a World Champion is crowned from outside of Australia or New Zealand. More information and full entries for the Individual World Championship can be found on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® database.

Live broadcast of Individual World Championship on Sunday October 3

With the Individual World Championship starting at 4pm AEST on Sunday October 3, you can watch all the action live on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® website as well as its Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels.

The Individual World Championship consists of six thrilling TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines, which include the Underhand Chop, Standing Block Chop, Springboard, Single Buck, Hot Saw and Stock Saw. Each competitor is awarded points according to their achieved time, with the athlete achieving the highest number of points declared the Individual World Champion. All twelve athletes compete in the first round consisting of three disciplines with only the top eight advancing to the second round. For the final round, the top six athletes battle in the final discipline, Hot Saw, to claim the coveted crown.

Lentz looks to make his mark on global stage

Having been pipped to the national title in 2018 by Matt Cogar, Jason Lentz will represent the USA following a dramatic national championship that saw him defeat Cogar and last year’s champion Cassidy Sheer. Lentz will be looking to impress on the international stage and become America’s first Individual World Champion since Matt Bush in 2005. He is joined by Canadian National Champion Marcel Dupuis who makes his long-awaited return to the Individual World Championship after last competing in 2015. Due to the current travel and quarantine restrictions, the national champions from New Zealand and Australia will not be able to participate in the World Championship.

Based on their thrilling performances throughout the 2021 season, the top ten athletes in the European ranking have earned the right to fight for the world title. They include Poland’s Michał Dubicki and top points scorer in Sweden, Ferry Svan. Dubicki sawed his way to victory at the European Nations Pro Cup in August, meanwhile Svan will be looking to continue his fine form this year and build off an impressive performance in the 2019 Individual World Championship in Prague. Elsewhere, home hopes will rest on the axe of German Robert Ebner, who has reclaimed his German Champion title in 2021, underlining his strength with a new Hot Saw World Record during the competition. France’s Pierre Puybaret, after winning his sixth national championship in the summer, will try to impress at the Individual World Championship as well.