Timber Tina Scheer
proves she's a 'survivor'
Sawyer County Record
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006 03:53:07 PM
She’s been recognized in Hayward
for years, and now her face will be seen on television screens across
America and ‘round the world.
Hayward native Tina
Scheer, 45, daughter of Donna and Fred Scheer
Sr., is a castaway on CBS’s “Survivor: Panama — Exile Island,”
which will premiere at 8 p.m. Feb. 2.
Timber Tina, as she’s known, is a
well-known lumberjill and timber sports promoter, as well as the owner
of Timber Tina’s Great Maine Lumberjack
Show, a timber sports venue in Ellsworth, Maine, similar to Scheer’s
Lumberjack Shows here in Hayward, owned by Tina’s
brother, Fred. Tina Scheer’s
show has a twist, however — a team called the Timber Tina’s
World Champion Lumberjills, an all-female timber team that takes its
traveling show on the road.
When she was 8 years old Scheer began
logrolling, which was her springboard into timber sports. According to
the Web site at www.lumberjills.com,
Scheer is the only woman who competes in
the chopping, sawing and logrolling events. She is also responsible for
introducing Women’s Chopping and Sawing at Hayward’s
Lumberjack World Championships.
She has traveled to Australia 10 times with her exhibitions and was one
of the first women to chop and single saw at the Royal Sydney Show in
Australia in 2001. She was also the only female member of a team of
axemen to travel and compete to South Africa.
Scheer has also been the voice of the Stihl
Timbersports Series for 10 years.
The mission statement of Timber Tina’s
World Champion Lumberjills reads, “It is our goal at World Champion
Lumberjills to advance and promote female athletes in logging sports
According to a CBS press release, Scheer
described herself as a female in a male-dominated business, and “I
have to struggle a lot,” she said.
In this season of survivor, the struggle will be familiar, as the 16
castaways are divided into tribes by sex as well as age: the four teams
are Older Men versus Older Women versus Younger Men versus Younger
In the second episode the four tribes will become two during what CBS
calls a “schoolyard pick.”
There’s a new twist to this season of the top-rated series — at
least one castaway each episode will be banished to a separate island
miles away from camp to fend for himself or herself for an undetermined
period of time. While being separated from the tribe may not be easy,
there is a hidden Immunity Idol somewhere on Exile Island which, if
found, could save a castaway from being voted off the island at a Tribal
Scheer was originally accepted as a
castaway for “Survivor 11: Guatemala.” Tragically, Scheer’s
16-year-old son, Charlie Shumway, was killed in an automobile accident
on Highway 27 during a thunderstorm on June 11, 2005, just about a week
before she was to leave to begin filming.
So what are the odds of Scheer being the
“Sole Survivor” who outwits, outplays and outlasts the other
castaways in the quest for the $1 million prize?
She’s a world-renowned lumberjill. She’s won silver in the Great
Outdoor games. Having grown up here in the northwoods, Tina
is most comfortable in the outdoors. She is an avid hiker and biker,
kayaks regularly and enjoys cross-country skiing.
And she’s from Hayward.
What do you think?