Cleveland Cherry, Putaruru, is representing New Zealand in the under 21 Woodchopping team in Adelaide this September.
Strong influences in taking up this sport were his father and grandfather along with longstanding chopping organiser and motivator, George Richards.
Cleveland and his dad both took up woodchopping together about 3 years ago. Cleveland admits that he always wanted to chop after watching the events at A&P Shows.
During his brief career so far, Cleveland has competed in a number of events including 3 days in Christchurch where he was 2nd in the under 18 chopping and underhand championships. These events are the top level in New Zealand.
He also also been to Sydney, competing in the under 21 underhand championships (the wooding chopping pinnacle), and was placed 4th in the event.
This year he was the B grade standing and underhand champion at the Putaruru Water Festival events.
In Hamilton, last year Cleveland competed in four under 21 championships and won them all.
The under 21 New Zealand team has been for a training camp in Motueka in the build up to the Adelaide Royal Show where events are spread over 10 days.
We wish Cleveland every success – his dedication and modest manner make him perfect role-model for other young people.