Timberwolf owner takes on TIMBERSPORTS® World Title
Timberwolf Owner Koen Martens competes in the 2018 Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 19th – 20th October 2018.
Koen qualified for the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships when he claimed the Benelux Logging title at the BeNeLux Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® championship in Kronenberg, Netherlands on 2nd September 2018. He will compete individually and in the Belgium National Team with his compatriots David Bergen, Maarten Cuvelier and Robin Cuvelier.
Read our interview with Koen here:
How long have you been participating in Timbersports competitions?
The first competition I took part was in 2013.
How did you get started in Timbersports?
I started taking an interest whilst at college. After some years participating in smaller wood chopping competitions I moved on to competing at a higher level.
What is your training regime leading up to the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships?
I spend at least 10 hours a week training, which includes three days gym training, two days technical training and one day with a sports coach.
What is your favourite Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® discipline and why?
Springboard: You really have to be a good athlete to do this discipline right. Strength, condition and technique all coming together.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking part in Timbersports?
The first thing that is important to consider is that it really is a professional sport. It is a really tough sport, but the joy and friendship in this sport is the best in the world. So when you get addicted to this sport there is no turning back!
You’re a professional Tree Surgeon but many Timbersport competitors are not in the same profession. Do you think this is an advantage?
Timbersports is a sport anyone can take part. It is a real advantage if you are mentally and physically strong so working in trees gives you that little bit extra.
Could any tree surgeon take on Timbersports?
Yes. If they attend a training camp organised by Stihl, a tree surgeon could qualify for the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® Training Programme. And after that it will take a lot of training but if you stick with it and you are motivated, anything is possible!
You’re a Timberwolf Owner. Why did you chose a Timberwolf Wood Chipper for your business?
I have had a Timberwolf TW 230DHB for many years now and in my opinion it has been a great investment for my business. It’s clear to me it has been built by a company that understands the needs of a tree surgeon. Its design makes it easy to maintain and its Sub 750KG weight means any of my workers can tow it behind their vehicle. It’s even light enough to be pulled by hand across a garden.
What I most like about it is that you can see and feel that it is made to work fast. It gets the job done in no time!
What are you looking forward to most about competing at the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Liverpool this year?
I am really excited that the World Championship is in the UK this year. I’ve taken part in a lot of competitions in the UK in the past and it feels like I’m coming home to see all those amazing people I met during those years.
Everyone at Timberwolf would like to wish Koen the best of luck in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships.
Find out more about the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships here.
Team World Championship: 19th October 2018 from 7pm
Individual World Championship: 20th October 2018 from 7pm
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