VIDEO: Timbersports joins the fun for 75th anniversary

Sweating in the hot sun, competitors gut it out during the two-man saw crosscut saw event. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Emcee introduces Jean Boyko, 80, winner of the ladies axe throwing event. She’s won five world championships and countless other awards. The crowd was impressed to see her prowess, and then astounded when her age was announced. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Emcee Mike Boyko talks to the big crowd about the skill of this crosscut saw team. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Leah finds herself in tough when attempting the single buck with a traditional saw but the crowd urges her on as she powers to the finish. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The underhand standing buck: all those axe stroke must be aimed upwards. Whew! (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

A large crowd came out to Saywell Park Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18 to enjoy the show as timbersports made a welcome return to Lake Cowichan for the 75th annivesary celebrations.

Forty years ago, the competitors at these events were workers at the various logging operations around Cowichan Lake. So, members of the crowd could cheer on their friends, relatives, and neighbours as they sweated through a wide variety of events that were based originally on aspects of logging.

Camps like Caycuse, Gordon River, Pacific, and Renfrew competed against each other. There was even a pretty good team made up of members of the local RCMP, the Queen’s Cowboys.

But time has changed the forest industry, and the camps and all those workers have moved on, leaving timbersports to a group of enthusiasts, who compete for prize money.

However, the show is still exciting, and lots of families stood around behind the safety fence to watch axe throwing, hand saw, and power saw events.

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