McGill’s lumberjills bring home the top prize

Mac lumberjills 2015

L-R Kimberly Duheme, Meaghan Dustin, Evelyn Levac, Jessica Logan, Julie MacFarlane, Stephanie Belanger-Naud

STE. ANNE DE BELLEVUE, Que — a women’s team from McGill University’s Macdonald campus has won the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association championship. 

The team, also known as the Macdonald Woodsmen, took home the 2014-15 edition of the CILA Cup, presented to the overall winner of the competitive season.

Showcasing their talents in traditional logger sports like pole-climbing, axe-throwing, chopping, sawing, tossing and log rolling events, the team of Stephanie Belanger-Naud, Kimberly Duheme, Evelyn Levac, Julie MacFarlane, Meaghan Dustin and Jessica Logan finished 92 points ahead of Dalhousie Agricultural College.

The team’s performances over four meets (Sir Sanford Fleming, UNB, Macdonald College and Dal) combined to finish the season at the top of the six-school CILA conference.

Additional honours were bestowed to team captain Belanger-Naud who was named League MVP as the season’s top female woodsman.

The Macdonald men’s team — composed of Rony Odermatt, Matthew Burns, Jesee Rogatini- Gamble, Sebastian Latraverse, Bobby Tolhurst and Dominic Mercier-Provencher — finished the season in third place behind CILA Cup winner, UNB and runner up Dalhousie.

Mac’s Bobby Tolhurst won top honours in the Echo Challenge, awarded to the competitor who achieved the fastest scores in a trio of events; underhand-chop, single-buck and chainsaw at the season’s last meet at the Dalhousie Agricultural College last weekend.

2014-15 CILA Results

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