Setting high standards for himself, Josh Bakes wants to leave Sweden victorious.
The 21-year-old from Sheffield is heading off to represent Australia in the Stihl Timbersports rookie world championship in the European nation and is eager to take home the gold in his first international event.
"I've felt really good. I'm training really well and I'm just keen to get there and get the win," Bakes said.
The fourth-generation wood-chopper gained his ticket to Sweden through victory in the Australian championships on the Gold Coast in a thrilling one-point victory over fellow Tasmanian Daniel Beams.
The titles incorporate four of the six timbersport disciplines: stock saw, underhand, single buck and standing block, with competitors gaining points for their individual performances within those divisions.
Following in the footsteps of family members, including champion axe-man and father, Glenn Bakes, the North-West coast competitor has grown up around the sport.
"I've seen pictures of me when I was four years old so I've been doing it for a while.
"Growing up it's been the only sport I know."
Bakes will take on nine other competitors from around the globe on Saturday, May 25, and sets off for Sweden on Friday for a training camp as he aims to recover from jet lag.
The rookie world championship runs alongside the champions trophy event in which Victorian Lawrence O'Toole attempts to become the first athlete in timbersports history to hold all three world titles at once.
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