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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
36 ON FARM AWI supports many local shearing and wool handling competitions to promote excellence within the industry and to encourage young people to join the industry’s ranks. AWI Shearing Industry Training Development Coordinator Jim Murray says AWI is keen to raise the profile and status of the shearing industry by enabling participation in well conducted shearing and woolhandling competitions. “Competitions help encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling, which is for the benefit of the wool- growing industry. AWI’s support aims to encourage a quality workforce, an interest in wool, and an appreciation of the art and skill of shearers and woolhandlers. “Most local competitions have a novice or learner section, as well as intermediate and senior sections, which helps foster the enthusiasm of budding young shearers in the district. “We aim to promote shearing by identifying and recognising the best shearers and woolhandlers and then promote them as role models. We also want to ensure that future champions are identified early and supported in their development. LOCAL COMPETITIONS ATTRACT THE NEXT GENERATION Here is a selection of images from some of the competitions supported this past year by AWI across the country. ANGASTON, SA 22 FEBRUARY 2014 The Angaston Vintage Shears included participants with a range of experience, from novices through to top shearers like John Dalla and Justin Dolphin. It was pleasing to see the younger shearers seeking information and tips from the instructors and judges. Brie Tapscott of Tanunda who won the Fleece Throwing competition as well as the Novice Shearer competition. FAST FACTS • AWI provides support for shearing and wool handling competitions to help promote excellence and participation in the industry. • Many competitions include a novice/learner section which encourages young people in a local district to participate. • Competitions help promote shearing and wool handling as an attractive profession, for the benefit of the wool- growing industry. BOMBALA, NSW 25 JANUARY 2014 Bombala holds its annual Wood and Wool Festival as part of its Australia Day celebrations, incorporating the NSW Strong Wool Championships.The shearing competition is fierce with competitors traditionally coming from as far as Deniliquin in NSW and Omeo in Victoria. Logan Brownlie of Bombala competing in the Learners event. MORE INFORMATION Jim Murray AWI E firstname.lastname@example.org www.wool.com/shearingcompetitions “AWI’s support for competitions makes a significant impact on the viability of many competitions. Some of the larger and more widely recognised competitions could receive a higher level of support.” AWI also provides support to competitions at a state and national level. AWI also supports competition judges by providing resources for them to judge at national and international events. Support is being provided by AWI to local and regional competitions that are affiliated with, or offer a clear pathway to, the state and national competitions conducted by Sports Shear Australia Association – the internationally recognised body representing shearing industry competitions in Australia. About 40-50 competitions take place across Australia each year, with over 90 per cent affiliated (directly or indirectly) with Sports Shear.