STIHL Timbersports

STIHL Timbersports

July 19, 2015 17:58 ET

Marcel Dupuis Wins the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 19, 2015) -

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Marcel Dupuis of Memramcook, N.B., won today's STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. He held off two former champions in Mitch Hewitt of Scotch Creek, B.C. in second and defending champion Stirling Hart of North Vancouver, B.C., who placed third.

"Consistency is the word of the day and not getting discouraged early was what won it for me," said Dupuis, who totaled 35 points just a single point more than Hewitt. "I had to give myself a little pep talk, but I had a lot of confidence in my hot saw. This is pretty special, but I'll start training for the world championship almost immediately. There's more work to do!"

As the Canadian Champion, Dupuis earned one of four spots to compete for Team Canada at this year's World Championship in Poznan, Poland, Nov. 13-14. Hewitt, Hart and Nathan Cumberland of Keswick Ridge, N.B., will join Dupuis on the team. Two more competitors will be named to the team at a later date.

Point Standings:

1. Marcel Dupuis, Memramcook, N.B. 35
2. Mitch Hewitt, Scotch Creek, B.C. 34
3. Stirling Hart, North Vancouver, B.C. 28
4. Nathan Cumberland, Keswick Ridge, N.B. 28
5. Cecil Starr, Sebright, Ont. 24
6. JP Mercier, St-Etienne, Que. 23
7. Karl Bischoff, Kamploops, B.C. 21
8. Nick Russell, Port McNeil, B.C. 17

"Marcel Dupuis dug deep today and stayed consistent through all six events," said Team Canada manager Gerry Rozo. "The STIHL Timbersports Series brings out the best in our guys and let me assure you that Canada will be going for gold in Poland. Our guys are getting better and better every year. There's a friendly rivalry when they're competing as individuals, but they come together in a strong way when national pride is on the line."

Ben Cumberland of Keswick Ridge, N.B., won the Rookie Division, while Janet Walker of Truro, N.S., won the Women's Pro Division.

ABOUT STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

The STIHL Timbersports Series is a multi-discipline competition consisting of six disciplines, where the athletes have to prove their competitive ability with the axe and the saw. Strength, endurance and the perfect handling of the technical equipment decide on victory or defeat. The STIHL Timbersports Series is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports, with a massive global fan-base following competitive events live and on TV. The sport originated in Canada where lumberjacks held local competitions to determine the best of their profession. Over time these tests of strength and skill evolved to a professional level and in 1985 the first STIHL Timbersports Series Championships were held. In Canada, STIHL Timbersports has consistently grown from a niche sport in the lumberjack community to a National Tour with over 15 competitions from east to west.

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