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Chain mesh safety wear compulsory from 2025

24 April 2024

As of 1 January 2025 the Australian Axemen's Association (AAA) will make chain mesh socks and chain mesh shin guards (leggings) compulsory across Australia. 


From 1 January this rule will be included in the AAA Competition Rules, under Dress Rule 32 and will read: (d) all Competitors in Underhand events must wear chain mesh socks whilst competing; (e) all Competitors in Standing Block events must wear chain mesh shin guards whilst competing. PLEASE NOTE under the current AAA Competency Rule 97 (refer page 14), this rule is already in place for all Junior and Novice competitors.


To view the current AAA competition rules click on the image above. Details on how to purchase chain mesh socks/shin guards is listed in our current Calendar of Events under Merchandise on page 4.

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Awards for NSW axemen and women

14 April 2024

At the conclusion of the 2024 Sydney Royal Easter Show one NSW axeman and two NSW axewomen received special RAS awards for their efforts and achievements in the arena at this year's event.

The NSWAA would like to congratulate Tarlo Odlum, winner of the Annual Encouragement Trophy for the Junior competitor demonstrating skill, talent and potential. Young NSW axewoman  Lucy Waters was presented with the women's Annual Encouragement Prize for her potential, while Ashleigh Marsh topped of a superb show taking the award for the Most Successful Competitor in Women's Events. 

Congratulations Tarlo, Lucy and Ashleigh.

NSW Champion of Champions awarded

10 April 2024

On Sunday 24 March, the 2023 – 2024 NSW Champion of Champions was announced at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. 

Along with the Men's title, this year saw the presentation of the inuagural NSW Women's Champion of Champions and two new sheilds for each respective award.

Congratulations to South Coast and Tablelands axeman David Reumer and Central Coast axewoman Jinaya Shadlow for taking out this years awards.


Two World Champs for NSW at the 2024 Royal

08 April 2024

Jinaya Shadlow: Women's World 325mm Single Sawing Champion 
Ashleigh Marsh: Women's World 275mm Underhand Champion


NSW axewomen, Jinaya Shadlow (Niass) and Ashleigh Marsh, were crowned World Champions at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show. Both women lined up against the best, with competitors travelling from around the world to contest these titles at what is known as the Wimbledon of Woodchopping.

Jinaya sawed superbly to take out a convincing win in the single handed sawing world title, while Ashleigh, who has been the in form women's underhand cutter this year, chopped her way to a world title in style. Congratulations to both ladies, NSWAA are very proud.

Brad takes out the 2024 Stihl Australian Trophy

17 March 2024

NSW Mid-West axeman, Brad De Losa, has taken home the 2024 Stihl Timbersports® Australian Trophy crown in Cairns, QLD.

Brad, one of 16 axemen vying for the title, claimed top spot in the final against Laurence O'Tools, and will now travel to Milan in May to represent Australia in the 2024 World Trophy.

Final results: 1st Brad De Losa (NSW), 2nd Laurence O'Toole (VIC) and 3rd Brayden Meyer (VIC).

Brayden Meyer claimed third after eliminating Kody Steers (TAS) in the small final. Results for the remaining NSW competitors – Curtis Bennett, David Reumer and Mitch Scrivener – were a mixed bag and we are sure they all have their sights set on improving their results next year.

Maddi wins the Women's Stihl Australian Title

17 March 2024

Congratulations to NSW South Coast and Tablelands axewoman, Maddison Kirley, for taking out the title of 2024 Stihl Timbersports® Australian Women's Champion. 

Maddi completed her Underhand in 33.52 seconds, followed by a great time of 12.93 in the Stocksaw. Maddi finished strong in the Single Buck with a time of 37.63 seconds to take out the title.

Final rankings: 1st Mad
dison Kirley (NSW), 2nd Amanda Beams (TAS) and 3rd Adele Deverel (VIC).

Congratulations also must go to Debbie Clissold (NSW), Katrina Head (QLD) and Jodie Beutel (QLD).

NSWAA Annual General Meeting

23 February 2024

Notice for all NSWAA financial members, the NSW Axemen’s Association Inc. Annual General Meeting will be held in March followed by a Special General Meeting on:

Friday 29 March 2024

The Sommerville Room, The Dome,
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park


The meeting will commence at the conclusion of Woodchop events for the day at approximately 7.15pm. All positions will be declared vacant and All nominations must be current Financial Members of the Association.

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Sydney Royal NSW U21s Team announced

17 February 2024

Congratulations to the following young NSW axemen who have been selected in the NSW Under 21s team to compete at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show:

Cameron Bailey, Harrison Bailey, Austin O'Connor, Tarlo Odlum, Thomas Perrin, Blake Shadlow, Ben Waters and Lachlan Rice (Res). Team Manager Noel Marsh.

Congratulations boys and best of luck in Sydney.

NSW have an Aussie Champion!

6 February 2024

A huge congratulations to South Coast and Tablelands axeman, David Reumer, on winning the 300mm Australian Underhand title at the 2024 Berry Show on Saturday 3 February.

Thank you to Southern Hotel and Belle Property Group for their sponsorship of this event.

Successful trip to NZ for NSW Team 

8 December 2023

After three long years the NSW team returned to New Zealand's South Island. This year the team went with passion and a determination to walk away with the series win – and they did not disappoint.


With their eyes firmly on the prize, it was a clean sweep for NSW, winning all three races in the Stihl Teams Relay series at Christchurch Show. Team Manager Noel Marsh was proud of not only the team's success, but also the axemen and women's individual podium places.

NSW Team: Noel Marsh (Team Manager), Madeleine Kirwan-Edwards, Blake Marsh, Chris Owen, Brad Read, Mitchell Scrivener, Michael Shadlow and Phillip Waters,


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Curtis makes his mark at the Stihl World Champs

23 June 2023

On Friday 9 June, some of the best Rookie axemen from around the world converged on Rotterdam to compete in the 2023 Stihl Timbersports® World Championships. These included our very own Curtis Bennett.

Curtis didn't disappoint, soaring to an early lead on the world stage, but 18 year old Szymon Groenwald from Poland stepped up a gear to finish strong and post two WRs in the Single Buck and Underhand. Curtis and New Zealand's Sam Bellamy were the only two axemen in a position to threaten Szymon, but even despite a DQ in the Stock Saw the young Pole came out on top, with Curtis claiming silver.

At the champs Curtis broke the Australian Underhand and Stock Saw Rookie records, and posted PBs in the Single Buck and Spring Board.

NSW Under 21s place second at the Royal

23 June 2023

The NSW Under 21s team placed second behind Queensland in the annual Tri-Series held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, with Victoria placing third.

The NSW team, managed by Noel Marsh, consisted of Cameron Bailey, Harrison Bailey, Rogan Contardo, Austin O'Connor, Tarlo Odlum, Wade Reddish, Austin Scrivener and Jack Waters.

While Queensland proved too strong, the NSW team must be congratulated on their effort and determination across all three races.


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Third and fourth in World Title for NSW axemen

23 June 2023

Congratulations must go to NSW axeman Clayton Read and Brad De Losa for their performances in the 375mm World Championship Single Handed Sawing at this year's Sydney Royal.

In what is one of the fastest events contested, and often only milliseconds between placings, Clayton and Brad finished third and fourth respectively. The winner and World Champion for 2023 was Robert Dowling (SA) with David McDonald (NZ) taking out second place.


Other placings were Jamie Head (QLD) in fifth, Mark Bouquin (USA) sixth, Nathan McDonald (NZ) seventh and Glen Gillam (VIC) in eighth. Congratulations to all sawyers for making the final of such a highly contested title.


The NSWAA Calendar of Events for January - June 2024 is now available. Download a copy from our Calendar of Events page.


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