Hart wins Timbersports title

Maple Ridge man is a rising star in lumberjack sports.

Stirling Hart of Maple Ridge won the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship.

Stirling Hart of Maple Ridge won the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship.

Stirling Hart of Maple Ridge won the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship, which took place at the Honda Indy in Toronto over the weekend.

He edged out Marcel Dupuis of Memramcook, N.B. in second and J.P. Mercier from St-Etienne, Que., in third.

“The competition at this level is amazing, so I’m just thrilled to take my first title,” said Hart, who topped all competitors with 34 points.

“As athletes we’re separated by seconds in terms of how fast we can get though the wood.  I was fortunate to put up consistently fast times in all six disciplines.”

As the Canadian Champion, Hart earned one of four spots to compete for Team Canada at this year’s World Championship in Innsbruck, Austria,  on Nov. 14 and 15.

“Full credit to Stirling Hart, who is a rising star in our sport,” said Team Canada coach Gerry Rizzo.  “The best of the best come to compete in the STIHL Timbersports Series.  We’ll be sending a very strong Team Canada to compete at this year’s World Championship.”

The STIHL Timbersports Series is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports, with a global fan-base following competitive events live and on TV.

In 1985 the first STIHL Timbersports Series Championships were held. It has consistently grown from a niche sport in the lumberjack community to a National Tour with over 15 competitions from east to west.