FROM September 6 to 14, Aaron and Cheyanne Girvan competed in South Australia at the Royal Adelaide Show.
Aaron was only given a few weeks’ notice that he would be competing after it was confirmed that he was entered in the Junior Round Robin events.
Training followed immediately and included finding some practice blocks and having friends, Chris Eaton and Caroline Wassink come up from Bairnsdale for a weekend of training. Chips went flying and the crosscut saws were singing.
Packing to go was hectic as Kerry was very ill but eventually we headed off and picked Cheyanne and Caroline up in Sale.
After more than 12 hours in the car, we finally arrived at the Adelaide Showground to unpack our gear and then off to our accommodation in Glenelg, on the beach.
Aaron cut very strongly in his Junior Round Robin events which were mixed between underhand and standing blocks. Some of the other boys he was up against were placing in open events.
Both Aaron and Cheyanne were lucky enough to get some training tips from some of the best axemen in the world and what a difference this made to Aaron!
Aaron placed sixth overall, what a great achievement and also representing the state of NSW, the South Coast Axemen’s Association, his town of Bombala, his school, and his sponsors - Dongwha Timbers, Bombala Council, Warren and Frances Kimber, Bombala Rotary Club, Reg and Erica Tetley, Monaro Logging, Wilton Logging, IGA Bombala, Bombala RSL Club, FX Solutions, the Mountain Lodge Bombala, Bombala Rural Services.
Without these valued sponsors and friends looking after things while we were away this would not have been possible
Cheyanne achieved some pleasing results as well: 1st in the Ladies Invitation Relay, 4th in the Jill and Jill Championship sawing with Caroline (beating both the sawing pairs currently on the Australian Women’s Team), 6th in the Jill and Jill Handicap Sawing, also with Caroline, and a 6th in the Ladies Underhand.
Cheyanne narrowly missed out on making the finals of her other events by only milliseconds and just missed out on a place in the Australian Women’s Team for 2014.
Cheyanne would also like to thank again her sponsors - Dongwha Timbers, UC Fit: Sport and Health (University of Canberra) and Black Rose Personal Training.
Without Aaron and Cheyanne’s valued sponsors, friends and family to help look after things while we were away, Adelaide would not have been possible, so thank you all again.
By David and Kerry Girvan