Tomerong woodchopper set for Sydney Royal Easter Show honour

ACHIEVEMENT: Lindsay Parnell from Tomerong will be presented with a Champion of the RAS honour at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. Photo: contributed.

ACHIEVEMENT: Lindsay Parnell from Tomerong will be presented with a Champion of the RAS honour at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. Photo: contributed.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) will award Tomerong local, Lindsay Parnell with an esteemed Champion of the RAS honour at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Each year the RAS acknowledges and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Sydney Royal Competitions and the industries they represent.

All 15 recipients will be celebrated at a private function on Friday, March 30.,

RAS dignitaries and industry representatives will join them to commend their achievements and many years of service to their industry.

Mr Parnell and his family have an esteemed history in the timber industry and woodchop at the Show, spanning more than 42 years.

Along with competing, Mr Parnell has been the main broadcaster for the woodchop for the past 10 years.

He has also been highly competitive in the section, making it to third place in the world title Double Hand Sawing and winning many first places in the butcher block and standing block over the years.

“The Show is the pinnacle of woodchopping. The opportunity to compete against the top level of competition and meet up with mates from all over Australia and New Zealand makes it the best event of the year,” Mr Parnell said.

The opportunity to compete against the top level of competition and meet up with mates from all over Australia and New Zealand makes it (Sydney Royal) the best event of the year.

Lindsay Parnell

President of the RAS, Robert Ryan, said Mr Parnell epitomises everything the Show is about.

“The Sydney Royal Competitions are the cornerstone of the Show and showcase the skill, energy, passion and produce from across rural New South Wales and beyond,” Mr Ryan said.

“The Champions of the RAS go beyond winning ribbons and trophies. Many have been a part of the Show community for a significant part of their lives.

“With so many different components to the Show, the award recognises those who aren’t necessarily in the spotlight.”

This year 32,000 entrants will compete across 42 competition areas and over 5,500 competition classes, from livestock and domestic animals, to arts and crafts, and woodchopping. Tickets are now on sale at eastershow.com.au and at Woolworths. The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from Friday,  March 23 to Tuesday, April 3.