A GWYNEDD champion will be a key component of a team.

It has been announced that an all-Welsh team will represent Great Britain at the Stihl Timbersports World Championship.

This will take place at the Echo Arena Liverpool on October 19-20.

British champion Elgan Pugh, from Bala, will be joined by fellow Welshmen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans in the team.

Craig Golder, also from Wales, is in reserve.

The event marks the first time in its history that the UK has hosted the Stihl Timbersports World Championship.

Stihl Timbersports is an international extreme sports competition series that involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws.

The world championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the globe battle each other against the clock in a variety of highly-skilled, fast-paced disciplines inspired by the logging industry.

The Welsh hopefuls will take part in the team event on Friday, October 19, as the national teams compete against each other in a knockout system.

Here, the disciplines of stock saw, underhand chop, single buck and standing block chop are completed by four athletes in a relay.

Elgan Pugh will then take his place in the individual event on Saturday, October 20, as the world’s top 12 athletes compete against one another in all six disciplines.

Team GB are looking to make the most of the home advantage, whilst the 2017 individual winner Jason Wynyard and team competition winners New Zealand will be hoping to retain their titles.

British champion Elgan said: “It’s an honour to be named in the British team and I can’t wait to represent the country as we host the Stihl Timbersports World Championship for the first time.

“We’re excited to test ourselves against the very best athletes in the world.

"Home advantage can play a crucial part and it will feel incredibly special walking out in front of a sell-out crowd in Liverpool.”

For more information about the Stihl Timbersports World Championship or to buy tickets, visit www.echoarena.com/timbersports