The best axeman in the world...
Worldclass Axeman

Hobart, TAS, Australia

David is a woodchoper who has had to overcome many obstacles. His presentation titled 'Dreams do come True', focuses on his life as a woodchopper, the characters he has met and the obstacles that he has had to overcome to become the best axeman in the world.

Brief History

  • David commenced woodchopping in 1976 at the Royal Melbourne Show and that year won an Australian Hard Hitting Championship.
  • From there, David has had a dream run, winning:- 178 World Titles; 168 Australian Titles; and over 2,000 firsts in competitive woodchopping
  • David Foster is the first person in sporting history to have won 1000 championships. This was achieved at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1998 and widely reported by media both in Australia and overseas.
  • David has represented Australia 38 times and captained the Australian team 26 times. He has won the Australian Axeman of the Year a record breaking nine times in a row.
  • In 1990 David was awarded Axeman of the Decade - the accolades just keep coming.
  • There is not a major event in Australia and New Zealand that David hasn't competed in and won - when he competed against the Americans he took three world records from them.
  • David has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
  • He has represented Australia in New Zealand and Jakarta and has also competed in America where he broke three (3) of their World Records. 
  • Been the only axeman to have ever won six out of seven championships at the Royal Sydney Show and has achieved that feat five (5) times. 
  • Won the World 400mm Underhand Championship at Lavington Sports Carnival eleven (11) times in a row. 
  • Won the World 600 mm Double Handed Sawing Championship with his late father, George Foster eleven (11) times straight and nine (10) times with his brother, Peter Foster, at the Royal Sydney Show; altogether winning this title 21 times straight.
  • Was selected as one of the 15 Australian Achievers of the Year in 1989. Reached the final six (6) with Allan Border taking out the title.
  • Named on 17 March 1990 the 1989 Lindy Award recipient for sporting excellence.
  • Named Tasmanian Axeman of the Year in 1990. The only axeman to have ever won that award twice.
  • In 1992 he was announced as the first Advance Australia Ambassador for Tasmania.
  • Captained Australia to a 3-nil win over New Zealand in November 94 and also 3-nil wins at the Sydney Show in 1995 and 1998 and a 2-nil win in 1999. This was followed up with a 3-nil win over the New Zealanders and Americans in 2000.
  • In July 1994 David was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, only the third person outside the Lion's organisation to have this award bestowed upon him.
  • In June 1995 he was awarded a commendation from the Governor of Tasmania, General Sir Phillip Bennett, in recognition for his outstanding sporting achievements and his continued support of several charities.
  • In May 1995 David was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award (Rotary Foundation)
  • On 24 November 1995 David was named as Tasmanian of the Year
  • In March 1998, David was announced as the Tasmanian Founding Member and Ambassador for the Olympic Club
  • In May 1998, David was appointed as one of the first National Family Day Ambassadors by the Family Circle Foundation 
  • In August 1998, David was appointed as a Director of the National Australia Day Council for a period of three years.
  • In January 1999, David was announced as the 1998 Tasmanian Sporting Personality of the Year voted by the readers of the Tasmanian Mercury Newspaper.

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