IT may not have been the fairytale ending king of woodchopping David Foster was hoping for, but he still considers himself a winner.
David Foster and his son Stephen were crowd favourites as they lined up for yesterday's world championship double-handed sawing.
But the Tasmanian duo were pipped at the post by half a second in what turned out to be a dead heat between the NSW and New Zealand teams, who were awarded the inaugural George Foster memorial trophy in honour of Mr Foster's father, who passed away 20 years ago.
"At 55 years of age and just a half a second out, you have to be grateful of a great career," Mr Foster said.
"I was a winner before I walked out. Dad would have been proud if he was here."
Mr Foster won the competition 11 times with his father George and 11 times with his brother Peter and hopes one day to notch up a title with his son.
"Hopefully there will be a fairytale ending one day," Mr Foster said.
So far this Easter Show, Mr Foster has taken out the single-hand saw as well as the jack and jill double saw with his daughter Janelle Jacobson.
He said woodchopping was a great family sport like no other.
"Twenty years ago it was special when I got to do this with my dad and now I'm doing it with my children," Mr Foster said.
"A lot of fathers don't get the chance to do things like this with the children and to be able to do this is great."
Mr Foster's daughter Janelle added there was nothing better than competing and winning with family.
Meanwhile, Raff Beef Cattle took out the grand champion and supreme champion with their Angus bull while Greg Fuller from Pine Creek took out the grand champion with his female Angus.
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