December 01, 2013
Wynyard chopping better than ever
Maori sportsman of the year Jason Wynyard says age and experience helps in his chosen sport of wood chopping.
The world champion took the prize on Saturday night against competition from softballer Brad Rona and rugby sevens sensation Gillies Kaka.
He says reaching 40 won't hurt his ability to win the big events.
"The things you learn over time with wood chopping and how to utilise your timber and read your timber, there's only experience that can gain you that knowledge. The years are sometimes helpful with that, as long as you stay in reasonably good shape. That challenge is there. It's always harder to keep yourself in shape the older you get, but as long as tyou are on top of that side of things, the experience always helps," Wynyard says.
He says there are some good Maori axemen coming through in the sport, including his teammate in New Zealands’s world champion wood choppng team, Adam Tuwhitu Lowe.
The supreme prize on the night was won by canoeist Lisa Carrington.
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