21 Nov 2011

Leading axeman dies after woodchopping event

2:34 pm on 21 November 2011

A leading axeman who died after a woodchopping event at the weekend has been described as one of New Zealand's best-ever in the sport.

David Bolstad, who was in his early 40s, collapsed soon after an event at Waiuku on Saturday and could not be revived.

Stihl New Zealand managing director Jim Bibby says Mr Bolstad and fellow New Zealander Jason Wynyard dominated the international Stihl Timbersport series for 15 years.

Mr Bolstad, whose father Sonny was also a renowned axeman, won more than 50 woodchopping competitions worldwide.

He is survived by his wife Michelle and two children.