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Third time’s a charm for Woodchop Champion Laurence M O’Toole

Doncaster’s Laurence M O’Toole has been awarded the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships for the third year running.

The champion woodchopper claimed the coveted Golden Axe after placing first, second, third or fourth in thirteen events.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Woodchop Championships see axemen and women compete in a number of events including Tree Felling, Axe Throwing, Chainsaw Racing, Standing Block and Underhand.

O’Toole, whose strongest discipline is the underhand chop, is a third generation member of the successful woodchop family, which has dominated woodchopping in Victoria for the past 60 years.

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the 2017 competition showcased the world-class standard of woodchop competitors in Australia.

“The Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships showcase the incredible strength and skills of Australian competitors,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

“We congratulate Laurence on his continued success at the Royal Melbourne Show. To win the prestigious Golden Axe three years running is an outstanding achievement.”

“We look forward to seeing more incredibly strong athletes on Monday and Tuesday at the Show, with the Arnold Classic: Australia’s Strongest competition.”

The Handicap Aggregate Trophy was presented to Queensland’s Campbell Newman, in his first time competing in the Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships.

The full results from the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships are available here