Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition
33rd Annual Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition
February 10, 2018
MacMillan Show Center
73 Ryland Ave.
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
Schedule of Events:
8:00 am – Competition begins
(the following four events take place in head to head heats)
- Super Swede
- Single Buck
- Stock Saw
- Pole Climb
(the following four events are not heated)
- Pulp toss
- Axe Throw
- Log Decking
- Quarter Split
Dry land log burling will use a double elimination tree
12:00 – 1 pm – Athletes lunch break - ECHO Challenge
1:30pm Afternoon events
(all heats are in corrals in the following order)
- Team Crosscut
- Team Swede
- Underhand Chop
- Vertical Chop
- Water boil – There will be two heats of water boil. In the first heat it will be mens 1 and womens 1. In the second heat it will be mens 2 and womens 2.
8 pm– Awards Ceremony – Location TBA
OAK SPONSORS ($750 +)
J.D. IRVING SAWMILL DIVISION
LINAIR ELECTRIC LIMITED
ANTIGONISH FARMERS' MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
MAPLE SPONSORS ($500 +)
BIRCH SPONSORS ($200 +)
Archibald Drilling & Blastin (1986) Ltd.
Bekkers Farms Incorporated
Kent Building Supplies
Morse View Farms
PINE SPONSORS ($100 +)
Albert County Funeral Home Ltd.
Aylward Fibreglass Inc.
Ally’s Pride Fishers Ltd.
Bible Hill Family Dentistry
Contract Mechanical Services
Early Morning Jersey Farm
Fowler Construction Services Ltd.
Golden Bay Dairy Inc.
Lawrence's Dairy Farm Limited
Nova Scotia Animal Breeders
Will-Kare Paving & Contracting Ltd.
The Woodsmen first started during the 1965-1966 academic year when a small group of AC students travelled to Montreal and accepted an invitation from MacDonald College to compete at their Winter Carnival Woodsmen Competition.
The AC Woodsmen team has steadily grown since its formation in 1965. With the addition of the University of New Brunswick and the Sir Sanford Flemming College competitions, the AC was getting a lot of experience travelling and competing at Timbersport competitions.
Rick Russell first enrolled at NSAC in September of 1977. Rick quickly followed his older brother’s steps and joined the Woodsmen Team and played as a student for three years. After Rick’s tenure as a student was over he began working in the Hog Barn and stayed involved with woodsmen and became an Assistant Coach in 1980. Rick was assistant coach for one year and in 1981 Rick took over the reigns as head coach of the NSAC Woodsmen Team.
In 1985 Rick laid the groundwork for what would become one of the college’s biggest and anticipated weekends. Rick organized the first Woodsmen competition to be hosted by the NSAC. The competition was labelled ‘The Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition’ and has been a popular event for students, faculty and the community every winter since 1985.
Rick remained head coach of the AC Woodsmen team up until his passing in July of 2004. Rick was not just the leader of the AC Woodsmen team he was an ambassador to the sport and he helped improve and regulate the competitions with the formation of CILA (Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association).
In recognition of Rick’s contribution to the Woodsmen Team, organizers decided to add Rick’s name to the title of the competition. The Woodsmen Team has grown from the original seven players in 1965 to the current 28 players and four coaches, this would not have been possible without Rick’s dedication to the team.
"Life's journey is not to arrive at your grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting WOW...what a Ride" (Rick Russell)
Richard “Rick” Russell
Children Under 12 years old are Free