Timbersports competitors would refer to Jason Wynyard as “the Michael Jordan of the sport”, a family man and incredibly humble despite his success in the sport. The Kiwi wood-chopping great died aged 49 following a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer. Wynyard, who won nine senior world championships and many more titles around the world, was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt Lymphoma in May, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Wynyard is unparalleled in wood chopping timber sports. He was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2017, being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. His whanau described him as a true champion, not only in wood-chopping, but in life. He inspired generations of athletes with his skill, passion, and humility. He left a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten.
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