AXE IN HAND: Phil Campbell competes in the veterans woodchop at the 2018 Gympie Show yesterday.
AXE IN HAND: Phil Campbell competes in the veterans woodchop at the 2018 Gympie Show yesterday. Renee Albrecht

Axeman Phil's a chip off the old block

GYMPIE axeman Phil Campbell has been around timber for most of his life, both professionally and recreationally.

The 64-year-old builder was competing in the veterans category in the woodchop yesterday at the Gympie Show.

Mr Campbell is the Australian veterans captain and said it was the camaraderie between the competitors that has kept him coming back for 40 years.

"Like most sports, a lot of it is family orientated,” Mr Campbell said.

"My father and my uncles all did it and now my son does it.

"A lot of sports like football you are done when you are 30.

"I have woodchopped since I was 20 and it is something I enjoy doing (with) the competition and the camaraderie.”

A staple of the Gympie Show, the woodchop brings competitors from all over Australia.

Mr Campbell travels for his sport and will back up in Chinchilla next week.

He returned victorious as captain of the Australian veterans team in February after a 3-0 series win over New Zealand.

He said the state of woodchop in Australia is still strong.

"It's pretty steady. A lot of blokes come and go but the main stayers are here all the time.

" (I want to) keep going for as long as I can keep doing it.

"There are blokes here that are in their 70s,” he said.