NSW AXEMEN'S ASSOCIATION
View all the winners on our Results page
23 April 2021
To view a full list of results from the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show Woodchopping and Sawing Competition visit our Results and Titles page. Congratulations to all axemen and women who competed and placed at this event.
You can also view previous results from 2018 and 2019, along with a list of all Sydney Royal World Champion axemen from 1938 through to 2021.
World Title for Brad at the 2021 Sydney Royal
22 April 2021
Congratulations to NSW axemen Brad De Losa on his World Title win in the 375mm World Championship Single Handed Sawing, contested at the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
With five of 2019's World Title finalists in the line-up, it was destined to be a great race, and the enthusiastic Sydney Royal crowd were not disappointed.
While Brad took out the win, Kahu Wooley (SA) and two time World Champion single handed sawyer Robert Dowling (NZ) finished in second and third respectively, with Chris Owen (NSW) fourth. Rounding out the final placings were Jamie Head (QLD) fifth, Brent Smith (NSW) sixth, Leon Critchfield (NSW) seventh and Laurence O'Toole (VIC) in eighth. Congratulations to all sawyers for an impressive and highly contested final.
Full results from the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show will be posted on the NSWAA website soon.
Royal Adelaide Show entries now open
17 March 2021
Woodchopping entries are now open for the Royal Adelaide Show, being held from Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 September 2021.
To view or download a copy of their schedule go to our Calendar of Events page, or visit and search under Competitions > Individual Talents.
Entries Close Friday 14 May at 5.00pm.
Ekka entry closing date extended
15 March 2021
The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) has just announced that they are extending their Woodchopping and Sawing Competition entry deadline to Friday 7 May 2021.
Entries were meant to close for the Ekka today, Monday 15 March, but the new deadline gives axemen and women just under eight weeks to get their entries in. While the schedule indicates events that will be held on the first three days of the show, days for all other classes have not been listed.
The Ekka will be held from Saturday 7 – Sunday 15 August 2021. To view or download the current schedule go to or visit our Calendar or Events page.
Gloucester Show Woodchop cancelled
8 March 2021
A decision has been made by the Gloucester Show Society to cancel the woodchop scheduled for Saturday 20 March at their 2021 Agricultural Show.
All axemen will receive a full refund of nominations paid and the Society apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
Less than a month until the Royal!
3 March 2021
With less than a month until the Sydney Royal Easter Show, axemen and women are busy in the lead-up, preparing, training and squeezing in as many competitions as possible.
There are seven shows remaining on the NSWAA calendar before the Royal kicks off on 1 April. These include Newcastle, Goulburn, Walcha, Moss Vale, Gloucester, Muswellbrook and Yass. All shows have good entries, with Walcha's two day program attracting 56 axemen and women, clearly indicating everyone is keen to get out there and chop.
While we aren't sure what a Sydney Royal will be like in a 'COVID world', we do know that we will miss our international friends and those of you from interstate who have chosen not to attend. We wish everyone competing the best of luck and we will endeavour to keep you updated on results on the website and Instagram – @nswaxemens.
NSWAA Annual General Meeting
24 February 2021
The NSWAA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 April 2021 at 6.00pm at the Hub, Sydney Showground, Olympic Park. Please note that if woodchopping and sawing events are still in progress, the meeting will be held at the conclusion of the day's competition.
All positions will be declared vacant. All NSWAA financial members are welcome to attend.
2021 Australian Axemen's Committee
1 FEBUARY 2021
With the Australian Axemen's Association's AGM being carried over from 2020 due to COVID-19, the AAA AGM was held on Sunday 31 January. Congratulations to the following people were elected in key committee roles:
President – Simon Bennett (NSW)
Secretary/Treasurer – Jillian Stratton (QLD)
Vice President – Dale Beams (TAS)
Junior Vice President – Jamie Head (QLD)
Entries extended to Monday 1 February
29 January 2021
Those who competed at the 2019 Sydney Royal received a text yesterday advising that the entry deadline had once again been extended. Axemen and women now have until Monday 1 February 2021 to get their entries in for this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The text also indicated that the RAS are planning on running a full Woodchop and Sawing program.
U21s Team Training Day date confirmed
25 January 2021
NSWAA would like to advise that with the cancellation of Maitland Show, our Under 21's Team training day has been confirmed as Saturday 20 February 2021.
Members of the squad are asked to be at Hawkesbury Showground for a 10.00am start. A BBQ lunch will be provided.
AAA Annual General Meeting 31 January
20 JANUARY 2021
NSWAA delegates Don Brown and Chris Smith will be attending the upcoming Australian Axemen's Association AGM on 31 January, representing all axemen and women in NSW. Agenda items are available for all financial NSWAA members to view, as well as a form for the nomination of Executive roles on the AAA committee.
Please contact your area association or the NSWAA to obtain a copy of these documents.
Sydney Royal entries close this Friday
27 JANUARY 2021
Entries for the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show Woodchopping and Sawing competition close this Friday, 29 January. Go to rasnsw.com.au/woodchop to enter.
While numerous country shows for 2021 have already been cancelled around the state, all reports indicate that the RAS are proceeding with plans for the 2021 Sydney Royal to go ahead.
Undoubtedly the Show would not be able to proceed without COVID Safe restrictions in place for competitors, officials and spectators. The NSWAA are currently unaware of what these restrictions will entail.
Sydney Royal NSW U21s team announced
13 January 2021
Congratulations to the following young NSW axemen who have been selected in the NSW Under 21s team to contest the annual state relay series at the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show:
Lachlan Bryce, Dustin Hall, Jack Waters, Cameron Bailey and Austin Scrivener – who were selected in the 2020 team – will be joined this year by Harry Bailey, Bowen Contardo, Wade Reddish and Rogan Contardo.
Under 21s Team Manager – Noel Marsh
Extended closing date for Sydney Royal
9 JANUARY 2021
Competitors now have until Friday 29 January 2021 to enter the Sydney Royal Easter Show's Woodchopping and Sawing Competition.
The extension of the entry date deadline from Friday 15 January to the 29 January was announced yesterday. The schedule is available to download from our Calendar of Events page or you can go to rasnsw.com.au/woodchop.
NSWAA Membership slashed for 2021
29 DECEMBER 2020
Thanks to assistance from the Australian Axemen's Association, the NSWAA have been able to drastically reduce their membership fees for 2021. This decision was made based on the limited number of events members were able to attend in 2020 due to COVID-19.
2021 Membership Fees:
Senior competing members – $25.00
Junior and all non-competing members – $10.00
Membership is due 1 January 2021 or prior to your first event for the year. Please contact your Association to organise payment.
2021 Programs will be published online only
29 DECEMBER 2020
All confirmed event programs for 2021 will be available to view and download on our Calendar of Events page. Notifications of new programs uploaded will be posted on our Instagram feed @nswaxemens
At this stage a Calendar of Events booklet will not be printed. Please assist by making fellow axemen who are not online, or follow social media, aware of any events they may be interested in attending.
2021 Sydney Royal Schedule now online!
16 DECEMBER 2020
The 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show Woodchopping and Sawing Competition schedule is now available to view and download at rasnsw.com.au/woodchop.
Entries are open and will close on Friday 15 January 2021.
Entries open this week for the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show
13 DECEMBER 2020
The NSWAA have been advised that entries will be opening on Wednesday 16 December for next year's Sydney Royal.
To enter, or for more information on the 2021 Woodchopping and Sawing Competitions at the show, go to .
Training Days get
the green light!
9 NOVEMBER 2020
Now NSWAA have a COVID-19 Risk Management Plan in place, Associations can resume Training Days.
NSWAA asks that all Training Day organisers familiarise themselves with the Plan, ensuring that their day follows all required protocols and does not breach any NSW Government heath restrictions.
Organisers are also advised to have a copy of the Plan with them on the day.
Happy training all!
A plan to help us
8 NOVEMBER 2020
The NSWAA have released a COVID-19 Risk Management Plan.
This plan will assist event organisers to ensure all future registered competitions, events and training days comply with COVID-19 safety requirements. The main objective of the Plan is the safety of our members, event organisers, officials, volunteers and the wider community.
View or download a copy of this plan from our COVID-19 page.
Cancelled for the remainder of 2020
1 SEPTEMBER 2020
A decision was made by the NSWAA Committee to cancel all woodchop and sawing competitions in the state for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whilst the decision was not an easy one for the committee, they felt it was in the best interest of members and spectators. All NSW Associations and members will be advised in regards to a date for the recommencement of carnivals and events.
29 JULY 2020
Please be advised that the NSWAA Annual General Meeting set down for Sunday 2 August 2020 has been cancelled. Due to the increased cases of COVID-19, the committee feels that this decision is in the best interest of its members.
9 APRIL 2020
Congratulations to the NSWAA's 'Champion of Champions' for 2019 – 2020, Central Coast Axeman, Blake Marsh.
Blake finished less than two points ahead of Mid West axeman Brad Delosa.
Blake won the NSW 275mm Standing Block Title at Quirindi Heritage Village, gained the maximum five points in the NSW 325mm Underhand Title at Grafton Show and consistently placed in all other 2019 – 2020 state titles he competed in. Congratulations Blake.
4 APRIL 2020
While the world is busy 'self isolating' and everyone is spending more time online, the NSWAA would like to remind all members to be mindful of what you are 'posting, sharing or liking' on social media.
The Australian Axemen's Association and the NSWAA's Code of Conduct states that all persons should be treated with respect, dignity and proper regard. As a member of the NSWAA you are obligated to abide by these rules, and if you choose to disregard them you must be prepared to be accountable.
For more information please see the Calendar of Events page
The NSWAA Calendar of Events for January 2020 - June 2020 is now available. To download a copy, please see the Calendar of Events page.