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WOOD CHOP WIN: Graham and Ben Shepherd (wearing blue) won the Father-Son Wood Chop at the 2017 Sydney Royal. Photo: supplied.

WOOD CHOP WIN: Graham and Ben Shepherd (wearing blue) won the Father-Son Wood Chop at the 2017 Sydney Royal. Photo: supplied.

Two men from Mittagong proved their wood chop strength at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show. 

Graham and Ben Shepherd took top spot in the Father and Son Wood Chop event at the Sydney Royal. 

The pair competed in the Class: 31A - Father and Son, 275mm Underhand and Standing Block Combination Relay Handicap. 

Ben, 30, started the chop first with the standing block and Graham, 50, followed with the underarm chop. 

Graham has been chopping for about 35 years and his wife Julie said it was “a bit of a miracle” the duo won the event. 

“Graham was unable to compete last year because he had a rotator cuff injury so to have him back out there was great," she said. 

Ben said he and his father were up against some “tough competition”.

“We had to be on our A-game to be able to compete with everyone else, but we managed to go really well,” he said. 

Ben said winning the father-son chop made his dad’s return to the competition even better. 

“Dad was saying that after 12 months off he didn’t think his first win back would be the father-son chop,” he said.

“It made the win really enjoyable for us.”

Ben has been chopping for about 11 years after following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. “It’s a bit of a family tradition and it’s nice to follow in pop’s and dad’s footsteps,” he said. 

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