See this story for how the wood chopping tradition is continuing in David Foster’s family.
This story from The Mercury.
He’s a chip off the old block
THE mantle has been passed from father to son Stephen Foster, Tasmania’s newest world champion, yesterday beat his famous father David at the Brighton Show.
Stephen, 27, won the 375mm underhand state championship yesterday in 26.5 seconds.
David, 54, dubbed the greatest axeman of all time, came fifth in 32sec.
“He has beat me twice, first time at the recent world championship and now,” David said.
David holds 184 world titles and 176 Australian titles.
He is believed to be the first person in sporting history to have won 1840 championships and was captain of Australia for 21 years.
Stephen holds one world title and two Australian titles.
Teaming with his father he placed second four times in the world 600mm double-handed sawing championship. He has won an impressive 100 championships. The underhand chop is his specialty.
“I won it in 2009, then …[lost it] last year and now I’ve won it back,” said Stephen, of Devonport.
“I knew it wouldn’t be easy.”
Stephen was one of two Tasmanians chosen to represent Australia in New Zealand last weekend at the world title.
David was the other Tasmanian representative and took out fourth place.
Thousands turned out yesterday at the 65th annual Brighton Show, drawn by the heatwave which hit the state’s south.
In Hobart, the temperature peaked at 31C, more than 12C above average.
A new attraction at the show was trailbikes, on the main oval.
The sideshow alley, showbags, animals, food, crafts, art, baby quest plus lots of free entertainment were, as ever, extremely popular.