time has come, the walrus said:
....And the time has come, friends, to
check your local listings and get out and support your local logging
champs. For all over the province and in many places across Canada,
Logging Sports is the name of the game in recreational forestry.
....I look back over quite a few years
of being associated with some of the finest people I have ever met in
the forest industry – through loggers sports.
....I have watched thousands of people
cheer and stand in awe of our Canadian logging champions and I have
always seen good sportsmanship and good manners displayed.
....Our logging sports champions are among
Canada’s finest ambassadors that we could send anywhere in the
world – and only the ultra-conservative nature of the hierarchy
in the forest industry has prevented these champ-ions from really reaching
their potential in offshore goodwill for their country.
....Twice we have been to the World Chainsaw
Contests for Loggers where the competition was from seventeen countries.
Once we competed in Fin-land and once in Norway. On both occasions our
loggers did well – with a silver medal in Norway and a gold medal
....On our last visit to Norway (B.C.L.
Oct., Nov. ’80) we left behind three throwing axes with the three
man teams from Poland, Norway and Czecho-slovakia. We encouraged them
to take up the sport so we may go back some day and compete with them
in the target axe throw. It was nice to know that last summer we were
invited to the world Chainsaw Contest again – this time in Poland.
But due to our summer long mail strike, we received the invitation –
sent in May for the games in September – in late October.
....At the moment, the champions are always
ready to travel and only time stands in our way before Canadian
saws and axes will be performing in some part of the world. Have
saw – will travel!
....Some of you may not remember, but it
was a big thrill for many of us associated with Loggers Sports when the
then premier of BB.C., W.A.C. Bennett, proclaimed the sport – The
Official Industrial Sport of British Columbia (BCL July ’71). Committee
people from all over B.C. gathered in Victoria for the occasion and a
luncheon. By Order in Council #712, the honor was bestowed – and
should be remembered and used to promote the sport.
....I should explain my feelings about what
I term the poor response from the conservative hierarchy of the forest
industry towards loggers sports, as a means to help sell the industry.
I have seen many individual leaders of our industry yell and cheer just
as much as an excited kid over the closeness of a good axe chopping event.
But while they, like most people, enjoy the sport as individuals, they
do not feel they can support it because of its ‘commer-cialism.’
Now, just what that word means is beyond me – but I have had it
told me many times by those who sit high on the stump in our industry.
....What I feel they have failed to grasp
is the classic example of the good public relationship that exists in
the sport – for their company and for their industry. There is not
one forest company or association in B.C. that is remotely associated
with loggers sports or logging champions. Hell, even a breakfast food
cereal made its name known the world over as ‘the breakfast of champions.’
....There has never been a great amount of
prize money in loggers sports. Even the best could not live on the earnings
of prizes as say the cowboy could on the rodeo circuit. Champion loggers
go back to the woods each fall to earn their keep. And it is interesting
to remember that some years ago we had to go to high places to get ‘time
off’ for loggers who wanted to compete. A lot of their
camp bosses wouldn’t approve of loggers sports.
....The Canadian Loggers Sports Federation
has been in existence now for 13 years and has done an ex-cellent job
of bringing to the sport a book of rules. This book is upgraded each
year to catch up on all the slight details that keep popping up, that
need defining. And that little book, put together by competitors and
com-mittee people, is in the hands of interested people all over the
....The Canlog stamp of approval is given
to those shows that pass certain criteria of safety standards, prize
money and crowd control.
....Nice people, these people of the forest
industry who have put so much into our official industrial sport. A
parade of names flashes by me – too numerous to remember them
all, but I think of Wickheim, Hartill, Perry Clemens, Frank Grey, Hugh
McKenzie, Herling (you got one, Dick), Chris Arnet, Carney, Holmquist,
Boyko and Hart – you gotta have Hart!
....Let’s hear it for them and for
so many others – competitors, com-mittees, backers, and champions.
They have made the image of a logger and the public applauds.
....Be a sport – A Loggers Sport
Keep out of the bight,