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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
TRAINING CAMPS Shearers at the AWI-supported Shear Easy training camp at Dubbo in August. 60 ON FARM More than 20 shearers looking to improve their performance in the shed or on the competition board attended a five-day training camp at Dubbo in August sponsored by AWI and The Evolved Shear Fitness. The shearers learnt from some of the best in the industry. The camp was organised by fitness trainer and former shearer Dylan Fowler, and multiple times NSW representative shearer and AWI shearer trainer Wayne Hosie. Multiple world record holders and AWI trainers Stacey Te Huia and Dwayne Black also taught the group. Each day consisted half a day of health and fitness training at a local gym and half a day of shearing training at Dubbo TAFE shearing shed. “Shear Easy was put together to share our knowledge to help shearers do their job easier and become the very best they can be,” said Dylan. “We showed participants how to improve their shearing pattern, footwork and gear and also improve their fitness, nutrition and how to take care of their body to reduce the risk of break downs.” FITNESS AND NUTRITION Dylan said that if shearers want to make the most of their careers, having good fitness and nutrition is an absolute must. “I spent five years as a shearer myself and was around the sheds most of my life, so I know the unique demands shearing puts on the body. If everyone looked after their bodies there would be better performances and a lot less injuries in the shed,” he said. “At Shear Easy, I showed the shearers how to increase their fitness for shearing. With the help of a physiotherapist we did daily mobility and recovery sessions, teaching them how to get their bodies more flexible and thereby recover faster and have less injuries. We also covered the best ways to do strength and endurance workouts in the gym and which muscles to target for shearing and handling big sheep. “The participants were also advised how to make better nutrition choices to help them recover faster, shear more sheep and do it easier. For the whole camp, we supplied really healthy meals for the shearers so Training camps supported by AWI are providing shearers and woolhandlers with knowledge and advice to make their job easier with less stress on their body. they could see how good nutrition affects them and gives them more energy. We also showed them how to prepare healthy food, so they’d know how to look after themselves better when they went home.” EASIER SHEARING Shearing trainer Wayne Hosie said the aim of the course was to make the shearers’ jobs easier and more productive. “When it comes to shearing there are basic fundamentals and rules that apply to everybody. What we wanted to do was give the shearers different options around those rules (because we all have different goals with our shearing) so that the shearers at the end of the course could make more informed decisions. “We covered topics like footwork, angles and sheep positioning; comb dressing; grinding and gear maintenance and stand set-up. “The shearers at the course made massive changes and really noticed the difference inside the shed.” Shearer Michael Newton of nearby Gilgandra who attended the training camp said he would definitely recommend other shearers to do the course. “I wanted to get information on what fitness training would be good or bad for shearing, and how to train for shed shearing and records,” Michael said. “What I’ve learnt during the week will definitely bump up tallies and enable me do it a lot easier. “We’ve been taught a lot about gear and shearing technique, and I’ve especially appreciated learning how to better look after my body, how to loosen up and target areas where I have been tight, what heart rate to train at, and how to treat myself if I have injuries.” ADVANCED WOOLHANDLING Another shearing training camp was held last month, which was run with an accompanying course for advanced woolhandlers, with top trainers Penny Clout and Rachael Hutchison. Like the shearing course, the wool handling course was aimed to give participants the knowledge and advice to take their career to the next level. “Participants learnt how to improve their skill set (timing and technique), the ins and outs of competition, how to fuel the body for a big day with good nutrition and fitness, how to do it easier every day in the shed and how to peak for competitions,” Dylan said. MORE INFORMATION: For further information on upcoming courses, keep your eye on www.facebook.com/ShearEasy or contact Dylan Fowler on 0466 873 964 or firstname.lastname@example.org