By Melissa Siegler
Competing in timbersports is something you either love or hate to do, said Paul Doruska, founder of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Woodland Sports team.
In Rainer Shooter's case, Doruska said he could tell right from the start it was something the athlete wanted to really succeed at — and he has.
Shooter, 24, is a recent graduate of UWSP. Shortly after receiving his diploma Saturday, he jumped on a plane to Gothenburg, Sweden where he will compete in the 2019 Rookie World Championship for timbersports.
Shooter, who is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, graduated with a degree in fire science and ecology. He will start work in June as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Fire Service in Minnesota.
He said he will have about of week of training in Sweden before his competition Saturday. He'll have four different disciplines to compete in, Doruska said