25 teams converging at MacMillan Show Centre for Saturday event
BIBLE HILL - After classes and homework, one would think the last place Jeanette Vanderlanden wants to be every night is at the MacMillan Show Centre climbing poles.
That assumption would be wrong.
"It's really fun and we need to be motivated," said Vanderlanden, 19, a Nova Scotia Agricultural College student.
She is one of almost 30 NSAC students who will participate in this Saturday's annual NSAC Woodsmen Competition.
"We have been practicing every night this week and a few mornings. Most of them here have been practicing since the fall, daily," said Vanderlanden, who is studying international food business, in between practicing her pole climbing. Her best time earlier this week was 6.27 seconds.
"The best on Saturday will probably be about four seconds or less."
Vanderlanden said the woodsmen competition showcases "some really good NSAC" athletes and encourages school spirit.
"We hope people come out to watch, cheer on the students and support the school," said Vanderlanden.
Geoff Larkin, 20, an environmental science student at the NSAC, is participating in the competition for the first time. He was practicing the standing block chop earlier in the week and believes the local team has a good chance at winning the weekend competition.
"We've been in this building all week. It's a very hard sport to pick up ... we just have to (be) calm and know we can do it," said Larkin.
Janet Walker, assistant coach for the NSAC squad, said the strengths of the local team come down to determination.
"They have team spirit and started training in September," Walker said.
This is the fourth of four woodsmen competitions this school year. Last year, the NSAC ladies won the overall competition, taking home the wooden boot trophy.