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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
AWI provides support for shearing and woolhandling competitions across the country, with the main aims of promoting excellence within the shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. Support is being provided 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. AWI Program Manager for Shearing and Industry Development Ian Evans 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 woolgrowing industry from which they derive", he said. "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." "AWI's financial support for competitions makes a significant impact on the viability of many competitions. In addition to supporting local and regional competitions, AWI also provides support to competitions at state and national levels." ON-FARM 31 December 2012 BEYOND THE BALE Angela Wakely from NSW competing at the National Woolhandling Championships. Angela came 2nd in the Final, qualifying her as a member of the Australian Team, along with fellow NSW Team member Kayla Garner. Photo: Aimee Snowden FAST FACTS lAWI is providing support to shearing competitions at local, state and national levels. l The aim is promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. l AWI supported the National Championships and Trans-Tasman Tests that were held at the Warrnambool Show at the end of October. Shearing competition support NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS The National Championships, held at the Warrnambool Show at the end of October, were supported by AWI. A Trans-Tasman Test was also held. The results were: More information: AWI has produced a video of the shearing and woolhandling competitions at the National Championships, which includes interviews with participants and plenty of action from the boards. To view the video, go to www.youtube.com/awiwoolproduction NATIONAL SHEARING FINAL 1. Shannon Warnest (SA) 2 Justin Dolphin (SA) 3 Robbie Glover (Tas) 4 Wayne Hosie (NSW) 5 Daniel McIntyre (NSW) 6 Roger Mifsud (Vic) NATIONAL BLADES FINAL 1 John Dalla (SA) 2 Peter Artridge (NSW) 3 Ken French (Vic) 4 Nick Denniss (NSW) 5 Richie Foster (Vic) 6 Garry Griffin (Vic) NATIONAL WOOLHANDLING FINAL 1 Kayla Garner (NSW) 2 Angela Wakely (NSW) 3 Jessica Whatley (Tas) 4 Michelle Walker (Tas 5 Mat Stasinowsky (SA) 6 Sarah Moran (Vic) National Team Finals (combined shearing and woolhandling results) 1 South Australia 2 New South Wales 3 Tasmania TRANS -TASMAN SHEARING TEST 1. Australia 2 New Zealand TRANS-TASMAN BLADES TEST 1 New Zealand 2 Australia TRANS-TASMAN WOOLHANDING TEST 1 Australia 2 New Zealand