There are many unique sports in
the world that we live in.
Here at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, our own
Ben Hansen has represented our
school in Timbersports.
Now in his senior year, Hansen
has come a long way.
As a freshman, Hansen was
introduced to the sport by his
roommate, Joe Huber. He instantly
became involved with lumber sports.
“I made a lot of friends, got out
to competitions, and started training
hard,” Hansen said. “Once I realized
what an opportunity I had been
presented with, I took it and ran with
Hansen competes on the
Timbersports team through the
UWSP Society of American Foresters.
He competes in four disciplines in theStihl Collegiate Timbersports Series;
the stock saw, single-buck, standing
block chop, and underhand chop.
Hansen is looking to add springboard
and hot saw to that list.
After his first competition in
2010, Hansen improved his skills and
won his first event, the underhand
chop, in the Midwestern Conclave in
spring of 2011.
Following his 2011 season,
Hansen went on to sweep the Stihl
Collegiate Series Midwest Qualifier in
2012, but finished last in the national
Using the motivation of last year’s
run, Hansen received his revenge
when he won the Stihl Collegiate
Timbersports Series National
As a result, he was given a spot
in the International Rookie Relay
Team, which competes at the world
championship level in Stuttgart,
“This season was a great start
to my professional career as a
Timbersports athlete,” Hansen said.
Hansen’s goal of making the
college level championship is now
complete, but he has no intentions of
“A collegiate national
championship was my first goal and
it was amazing to accomplish that.
Next is a national championship as a
professional,” Hansen said.
As Hansen continues to grow and
compete on the international level,
his family and friends are always
there to support him.
“This sport requires a great deal
of self-motivation to accomplish
any success, but my contribution
to my accomplishments is greatly
overshadowed by the incredible
support I have from a lot of people,”