Timber Tina Scheer proves she's a 'survivor'

Paul Mitchell
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, 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 worldwide.”

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 Women.

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 Council.

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?


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