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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
As well as providing support for wool shearing and wool handling schools, AWI also makes available training resources such as shearing and wool handling videos. The videos, which are available on AWI’s YouTube channel, are a complete reference guide for shearers, wool handlers, woolgrowers, instructors and students working in various areas of wool harvesting. Packed with tips, hints and practical advice, the videos include advice from experienced shearers, wool handlers and wool classers such as TRAINING VIDEOS AVAILABLE ONLINE Performing in front of more than 4,000 spectators at Invercargill in New Zealand, the Australian team did extremely well with all teams finishing in the top 3. and increase returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices. “AWI-funded training covers a wide range of experience, from learner to professional shearers and novice to professional wool handlers. It is also offered as short term, intensive workshops across a range of skill levels,” Jim says. “The Independent Coaching Program, which was introduced by AWI four years ago, is now entrenched and proving very successful. It provides AWI with an avenue to contract directly with experienced trainers, reducing administrative costs; it is proving to be a cost- effective way of delivery.” MORE INFORMATION To arrange training in your state, contact Jim Murray on 0427 460 007. Karl Goodman (above), Shannon Warnest, Dwayne Black and Rachel Hutchinson. MORE INFORMATION www.youtube.com/AWIWoolProduction Sophie Huf and Mel Morris on the way to earning Australia a second place in the woolhandling competition at last month’s World Championships in New Zealand. Back in Australia, Sophie and Mel are wool handler trainers through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program PHOTO: Flick Wingfield. Sophie Huf who was attending her first world championships had an stellar result, reaching and coming 4th in the finals of the woolhandling competition. Along with Mel Morris, Sophie won Australia the highly creditable runner’s-up spot in the team event. Both Australian representatives in the blade shearing competition, Ken French and John Dalla, reached the finals of their individual competition, coming 5th and 6th respectively, with the pair coming 3rd for Australia in the team event. Ken also came 5th in the All Nations Blade Shearing final. Twice world champion Shannon Warnest narrowly missed out on reaching the final of the machine shearing competition finishing eighth in the semi-finals, with teammate Jason Winfield finishing 15th in the heats. In the team event they together improved on their 5th place at the previous Championships by taking out third place for Australia. Other notable performances from Australians included a 5th place in the All Nations Intermediate final by Tom Brewer (SA), and a 4th place in the Senior Speed Shear semi- finals by Lee Harris (Vic). A highlight for the crowd was seeing New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, who was brought up on his family’s sheep property, take on and beat shearing legend Sir David Fagan in a one-sheep-match. Dave Brooker (SA) was the Australian team manager; David Lawrence (WA) was a shearing judge; Kylie Rigby (Tas) was a woolhandling judge. World council delegates were Steph Brooker-Jones (SA) and Paul McCormack (Vic). Shearers Shannon Warnest and John Dalla, and wool handlers Sophie Huf and Mel Morris, are trainers through AWI’s Independent Coaching Program, which demonstrates the high calibre of training being funded by AWI. AWI provided funds for the Australian team’s travel, accommodation and uniforms for the World Championships. This support of the national team complements AWI support for shearing competitions at local and state levels, with the main aims being to promote excellence and professionalism within the Australian shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. If you’re planning a local or regional shearing and woolhandling competition based on Sports Shear Australia criteria, you may be eligible for support from AWI. Contact Jim Murray at AWI on 0427 460 007 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about what support might be available for your event. WORLD SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS AUSTRALIAN TEAM RESULTS Machine shearing • Shannon Warnest (SA): 8 th in the semi-finals (6 qualified for the final) • Jason Wingfield (Vic): 15th in the heats (12 qualified for the semi-finals) • Won by John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) • Australia 3rd in the team finals (won by New Zealand). Blade shearing • Ken French (Vic): 5 th in the final • John Dalla (SA): 6 th in the final • Won by Mayenzeke Shweni (South Africa) • Australia 3rd in the team finals (won by South Africa). Woolhandling • Sophie Huf (Vic): 4 th in the final • Mel Morris (Tas): 5 th in the semi- finals (4 qualified for the finals) • Won by Joel Henare (New Zealand) • Australia 2nd in the team finals (won by New Zealand). MORE INFORMATION The results of all the competitions are available at www.worldshearingchamps.com ON FARM 49
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