Lowe's axe sharpened for Sydney

By Tom Daly

The Sydney Royal Show is always in the back of Adam Lowe’s mind.
“While I chop at as many meetings as possible it is extremely hard to attend them all and I make Sydney a priority,” Lowe said.
“It is very hard to juggle it all now with two young children and full-time work as a self-employed builder, but my work partner, John Gardiner, is very supportive and understanding of my chopping commitments.”
Lowe has about two months away from work each year to “live the dream”. “My wife, Sabrina, takes it in her stride. I’m very lucky she loves the sport and is herself a fierce competitor who has made the New Zealand women’s team in the past. Without the support of these people I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Over the past season Lowe has been to the Perth Show with the South Island team, to Stuttgart in Germany with the New Zealand Stihl Team — New Zealand beat every country to again win the title of world teams champion — Nowra NSW (again with the South Island team) and the Hawera Show, where he won both world championships on offer.
In total, he has won nine world titles.
Lowe is counting down to Easter and the Royal Show in Sydney.
“I’ve been going there for four years now. This is what it’s all about. The best in the world are there and all for one reason — to win the world titles on offer.”
Lowe won the 375mm standing title twice at Sydney (2010 and 2012), and finished runner-up in the other two years.
He has also won numerous other world titles, including the double saw in 2011 and 2012 with John Aitken, also from Hokitika, but he has a new mate this year. “I am sawing with Jason Wynyard. We have never sawed together at this level so we will see if we have what it takes,” Lowe said
“My main goal is to win back the 375mm standing world title. I feel I have done enough training, probably cutting in excess of 400 logs with Sydney in mind and I’m lucky the Bodyworx gym in Hokitika also helps me with conditioning.”
Sponsors play a large part in keeping Lowe at the top of his sport and he is grateful for their assistance.
“My chosen sport is expensive. I’m lucky to have some sponsors who help me out but I live in hope that, like the top North Islanders, that a major company will one day decide that I’d be a great ambassador for their company.”
Lowe might have ‘been there and done that’ but retirement is far from his mind.
“I am only 28, and in this sport that’s young. You probably don’t reach your prime until the late 30s so I’ll keep going.
“One thing that has thrilled me this year is the likes of young Jack Simpson and Owen Wratt taking up chopping at 12 years of age. When your take into account the number of women that are chopping and sawing now, the sport is in good stead and I’d like to stick around and see it grow some more.”