TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS Logger Sports was held at the waterfront in Port McNeill on Saturday, June 16 from 11-4 p.m. Local athletes this year are Nick Russell, Allison Briscoe, Dawn Briscoe, Roger Briscoe, Thomas Symons, and Dave Knapp (pictured above on the right).

VIDEO: Local athletes fell their competition at Port McNeill Logger Sports event

The Briscoe sisters will be travelling to upcoming Logger Sports shows all throughout the summer.

Port McNeill Logger Sports returned to the waterfront for the ninth year in a row, once again featuring local talent going head to head against competitors from all over Canada to see who’s the best at chopping, sawing, throwing axes, and much, much more.

Hyde Creek’s Allison Briscoe and her sister Dawn Briscoe have been competing at Port McNeill Logger Sports events for five years now, and they love seeing all the support from the fans who come out to cheer the athletes on year after year.

“I go to school here, all my friends live here — Port McNeill is really a part of my community,” said Allison, adding, “It’s always great to see the crowd come out and show support for us.”

Dawn agreed, stating her favourite part of the event is “Seeing familiar faces in the crowd and watching people cheer on the locals.”

This year saw a rise in female competitors, which meant the organizers were able to offer the ladies the same amount of categories to compete in as the men.

Allison said she thinks it’s great to see, because “for a couple years there wasn’t too many ladies competing, but now there’s lots of ladies getting into it and now there’s some shows with even more ladies competing than men.”

The Briscoe sisters will be travelling to upcoming Logger Sports shows all throughout the summer until September.

For Nick Russell, one of the seven directors for the Port McNeill Logger Sports Society, he spends a lot of his free time organizing things behind the scenes to make sure the competition runs smoothly the day of, and is also in charge of tallying up the final results on how the competitors performed.

Russell is also an active competitor, with his favourite events being “The grand prairie accuracy cut because it’s very mental and fast, and the underhand chop because I love cutting a piece of wood in half.”

Russell was pleased to see another enthusiastic local crowd show up to support the athletes, and he thanked the competitors who “travelled a long way to come support us and support this proud community we’ve got, it’s great to see.”

Sointula’s Dan Knapp has been a professional logger for 30 years now and has been competing at Logger Sports since 2014. His best event is the axe throw, which he won in 2016, “and I’m hoping to win it again this year, so I can be bumped up to pro,” he laughed, adding his job as a logger actually helps him train for the events.

“It’s the old traditional ways of logging that inspire me… I want to say a thank you to all the fans, the organizers — it’s a great family outing and a great time in general for the community.”

See next week’s Gazette for more coverage of Logger Sports.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Check out a new future at career and education fair in Comox

Event today features booths from more than 40 employers and educational institutions

Book reading: The Blue Haired Girl

Adam Hayes will be at the Book Nook (inside Cafe Guido) Feb. 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Veteran Island journalist battles cancer through pioneering treatment

Vancouver Island rallies around JR Rardon and family during stay in Seattle

Decor details: Professional rental and design businesses deliver it all

Stop by the Comox Community Centre on Jan. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

North Island Bantam Eagles ice Clippers, clinch Tier 2 league banner

“We will enjoy the moment for now, but… it’s back to work on Tuesday”

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Most Read