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Winner Profiles

2015 & 2016 Grand Aggregate Trophy Winner Laurence O'Toole.

Always an outstanding competitor, Laurence O'Toole was crowned the Grand Aggregate Champion at both the 2015 and 2016 Royal Melbourne Show - a deserving winner of the coveted Golden Axe.

Read more about Laurence O'Toole's win at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show.

2014 Grand Aggregate Trophy winner Daniel Gurr

Daniel Gurr won the Golden Axe for the second year running, a feat last achieved by the great David Foster.

2013 Grand Aggregate Trophy winner Daniel Gurr

The Gurr name is synonymous with woodchopping in Australia and throughout the world, but this time it was the son, and not the father who stole the limelight. Daniel performed impressively throughout the 10 days of Woodchop Championships and his performance was recognised by winning the much sought after Golden Axe at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships.

2012 Grand Aggregate Trophy winner Brayden Meyer

With four generations of wood chopping on both sides of the family, Brayden began chopping at 8 years old. He has a number of accolades to his name including all the under 18 and under 21 events at Royal Melbourne Show and Royal Adelaide Show in 2012. Brayden’s fondest memories include being selected for the under 21 Australian Team and winning the Golden Axe at the 2010 and 2012 Royal Melbourne Show.

2011 Grand Aggregate Trophy winner Laurence O’Toole

A third generation axeman O’Toole was given his first axe, albeit a wooden one, before he could crawl. Today, the 30 year old now holds nine World Titles and is ranked number one in the world for the 350mm Underhand and Springboard events. 

He’s also ranked world number two for the 350mm Standing Block Event where he placed second at this year’s competition. When O’Toole isn’t training or winning World Titles, he works in the family business as a professional Arborist.