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Doug Youd MBE



Doug Youd MBE

b. 21 April 1927

Member 1987

'I wouldn't let anyone beat me if I could help it' — a statement once made by Doug Youd—epitomises the man who stood like a colossus in the Australian and world chopping arenas for almost 20 years. In 1966 Doug claimed at least seven Tasmanian titles, his final being the 14in. championship at Waratah on 31 December.

April 1968 saw Doug at the Sydney Royal Show winning the world's championship tree-felling for the sixth time in seven years. Easter 1969 saw Doug back in Sydney for yet another triumph. During the Royal Easter Show he raced away from his fellow competitors to win the final of the 13in. tree-felling in 2 min. 12 sec. This was his 9th title in succession - an R.A.S. record.

In a career that started in 1945 and spanned 37 years, Doug Youd won 15 world tree-felling championships, four world 'standing' and countless 'hard-hitting' titles.

He was a regular member of Australian teams, won the Lindy Award in 1974 as Tasmania's outstanding sportsman, and was awarded an M.B.E. in 1981.