By Kathy Johnson
Barrington’s Darren Hudson has rolled his way to a 12th Canadian Logrolling Championship, taking out American competitor Brian Bartow two straight for the title at the Kaslo, B.C. Logger Sports Days on the May 18 weekend.
Hudson also topped the field in the intermediate men’s stock saw, choker race and spring board competitions, placed second in the double buck saw, and was fourth in the pole climb and underhand chop to finish second in his class and only one point behind the overall champion Stirling Hart.
Winning the stock saw “was a bit of a surprise,” said Hudson, adding although he wasn’t very happy with his time in the pole climb, overall it was a great weekend at the international competition, where five Canadian logger sport championship titles are on the line.
“Everybody has been training in Australia during the winter and are looking strong,” said Hudson, noting he had to “buckle right down” to take out Bartow for the logrolling title.
Hudson’s mother Pat also got in on the action during the event, competing in the Jack and Jill with her son “for fun,” and participating in a log rolling demonstration.
“I was really surprised,” said Hudson. “I couldn’t believe after all these years she could roll the log that good.”
Hudson now has his sights set on the 2013 World Logrolling Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin at the end of July, where he will be going for his seventh title. “I’ve got to keep my mental and physical games strong so I can get there,” he said.
In the meantime, Hudson along with other members of the renowned Scott family will be staging several shows in southwestern Nova Scotia during the coming weeks, including a performance at Wilson’s Shopping Centre in Barrington Passage on June 1 and at Privateer Days in Liverpool on the June 21 weekend.