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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
46 ON FARM SHEAR EASY TRAINING CAMPS 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. More than 20 shearers and woolhandlers looking to improve their performance in the shed or in competitions attended a five- day training camp at Dubbo in November sponsored by AWI and The Evolved Shear Fitness. The training camp followed on from similar camps held in Quindanning (WA) and Mt Elephant (Victoria) earlier in the year, and two camps held in Dubbo in 2017. The shearers and woolhandlers 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. AWI trainers Stacey Te Huia and (current national shearing champion) Daniel McIntyre also taught the shearers, while AWI trainers Penny Clout and Rachael Hutchison taught the wool handlers. Each day consisted half a day of health and fitness training at a local gym and half a day of training in the shearing shed at Dubbo TAFE. “Shear Easy was put together so we could 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 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.” Shearers and woolhandlers at the AWI-supported Shear Easy training camp at Dubbo in November. EASIER SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING Shearing trainer Wayne Hosie said the aim of the course was to make the shearers’ jobs easier and more productive. “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.” The accompanying course for advanced woolhandlers was held in conjunction with the shearing course, and was also 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,” Wayne said. “Importantly, we highlighted the industry pipeline – from fibre to garment – so that participants understood how different wools are used and their value.” 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 Yoga classes showed that stretching is very important to aid performance in the shed. An ice bath aided recovery and also proved to participants that their mind can help them withstand bodily discomfort.
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