Chris Lord : Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons))
Christopher Lord has been swinging an axe for the past twelve years. The competitive woodchopper and former Otorohanga College student says he was inspired to take up the sport as his father was also a woodchopper. Chris says he enjoys the competition and the physical challenges that come with it. A typical training consists of chopping four to eight blocks of wood practicing technique and power, in addition physical conditioning training involves gym sessions and rugby training. In the lead up to big competitions, Chris will be out training most nights swinging an axe to hone his skills. Chris competes in A&P shows and country sports days throughout New Zealand and some of the Royal Shows in Australia. He has also competed in three U21 trials and two New Zealand men’s trials. He says his biggest achievements to date are making the New Zealand Under-21 team and travelling to Australia to compete at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Adelaide and Royal Sydney shows. The 2015 season saw two milestones for Chris, placing 6th in his first World Title race and trying his hand at coaching, helping out a few novice competitors. While during 2016/17 season Chris was able to win his first two open championship races. Chris was the Student Rep on the Sports Council at Otorohanga College and played cricket, basketball, touch, soccer and rugby in which he vice-captained the 1st XV in his last two years of school. Chris has also played in King Country rugby representative teams each year since primary school. Chris is currently in his 4th year of a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His goals are to design and build products that will help improve everyday life, become one of New Zealand's and the world’s top axemen, and achieve at the highest levels in rugby as well.
- World Title Underhand Championship - 25/02/2015
- Placed 6th in the David Bolstad Memorial World Title 375mm Underhand Championship which was held in Rotorua.
- NZ U21 Team - 29/02/2016
- Since trialing in April 2012 I was selected as the travelling reserve for the NZ U21 woodchopping team. In 2013 I was selected as one of the axemen in the team and have chopped in twelve Trans-Tasman races.
- World Title Underhand Championship - 29/02/2016
- Placed 7th in the David Bolstad Memorial World Title 375mm Underhand Championship which was held at the Rotorua A&P Show. Although I placed 6th last year, the field of competitors was much harder this year. The competitors who beat me had all represented their country in their senior teams, either for New Zealand or Australia.
- Waikato A&P Show Standing Champion - 29/10/2016
Won the open Standing Championship race at the Waikato A&P Show in 2016
- Puhoi Underhand Champion - 14/01/2017
Won the Underhand Championship race at Puhoi Axemens Carnival.
- NANIA Graded Standing Championship - 18/03/2017
Placed second in the NANIA A Grade Standing Championship, beating current and past New Zealand Team members.
- NANIA Graded Underhand Championship - 18/03/2017
Placed third in the NANIA A Grade Underhand Championship, beating current and past New Zealand Team members.
- North Island Team Selection - 09/11/2016
Competed for the North Island team, cutting both standing and underhand in different races as part of a three race series against the south island and new south wales teams at the Christchurch A&P Show