CHAMPION AXEMAN: Nick Fredriksen competed at Killarney Show in five woodchop categories.
CHAMPION AXEMAN: Nick Fredriksen competed at Killarney Show in five woodchop categories. SOBNJA KOREMANS

Nothing stops one-armed woodchopper

ONE-ARMED woodchopper Nick Fredriksen cut through the competition at the Killarney Show this weekend.

Mr Frederiksen was up against 30 other axemen and women and was placed second in two events and third in another of five categories he entered.

"I was pleased with my results as it was a tough field of competitors," Mr Fredriksen.

Mr Frederiksen, who is believed to be the only one-armed woodchopper competing in Australia, is a qualified heavy plant operator and also an accomplished swimmer competing at national swimming titles.

His woodchopping takes him to shows across Australia including the Brisbane Ekka and Royal Easter Show in Sydney.

 

Mr Fredriksen said it was his first time woodchopping in Killarney but he has been competing since he was 10 years old.

"My father was a woodchopper so it was a way of life when I was growing up," said Mr Fredriksen, who travelled from his family farm in Kilcoy for the show.

"I still love competing."

My Fredriksen lost his left arm at the age of eight when his shirt got caught in a hay baler and dragged his arm through it but he does not see missing a limb as a disadvantage in sport or life.

"My young daughter often asks me what it's like to have lost an arm but now it's hard to remember what it was like having both and I don't know what I'd do if I did have two arms now."

This month he pledged to fund-raise for LifeFlight in 2017 and donate some prize money from his winnings.

Killarney Show continues today, click here to see the program.



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