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Jack Jordan with the Junior Union at Stratford Primary School. Photo/Alyssa Smith

A world champion visited pupils at Stratford Primary School.

2022 Stihl Timbersports World Trophy winner Jack Jordan was at school on Wednesday to talk to students about his recent success and show them how fast he can chop a piece of wood.

Assistant manager Aaron Moore says he got to know Jack Jordan through rugby.

Assistant manager Aaron Moore and Jack Jordan speaking to the junior union.  Photo/Alyssa Smith
Assistant manager Aaron Moore and Jack Jordan speaking to the junior union. Photo/Alyssa Smith

“I managed a few teams he played in for Stratford Eltham. I messaged him because I knew those kids would absolutely love to meet a world champion.”

Jack says that as well as inspiring the students, it was also good to talk about wooden sports.

“It’s a great recognition of the sport.”

Jack brought two of his professional axes to show the students one of the tools he uses when competing in wood sports.

While talking to the Junior Syndicate, one lucky student got the chance to hold one of Jack’s axes.

Adam Jansma, 7, held one of Jack Jodan's professional axes.  Photo/Alyssa Smith
Adam Jansma, 7, held one of Jack Jodan’s professional axes. Photo/Alyssa Smith

Seven-year-old Adam Jansma says the ax wasn’t too heavy to hold, but understands that after chopping wood for a while it might get heavier.

“It was really cool to meet a world champion. We had watched the video where he won the world trophy, so it was cool to meet him and hear from him about his experience.”

Once Jack had spoken to the junior union, the whole school gathered on the field to watch Jack execute the discipline of the undercut.

Jack Jordan shows students at Stratford Primary School the discipline of underhand cutting.  Photo/Alyssa Smith
Jack Jordan shows students at Stratford Primary School the discipline of underhand cutting. Photo/Alyssa Smith

The children were amazed when Jack broke the piece of wood in less than 30 seconds.

Adam says it was cool to watch.

“I didn’t know people could cut a big piece of wood that fast. It was very cool.”

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