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Beyond the Bale : December 2013
Competitions promote excellence FAST FACTS l AWI provides 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. 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 John Dalla from South Australia on his way to winning the National Blade Shearing Championship. 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.” More information: www.wool.com/shearingcompetitions The National Championships, held at the Warnambool Show at the end of October, were supported by AWI. NATIONAL SHEARING FINAL 1. Jason Wingfield (Vic) 73.97 2. Shannon Warnest (SA) 75.14 3. Daniel McIntyre (NSW) 76.74 4. Nathan Meaney (SA) 81.52 5. Robbie Glover (Tas) 82.03 6. Evo Hennessy (Vic) 88.27 NATIONAL WOOLHANDLING FINAL 1. Sarah Moran (Vic) 17.63 2. Mel Morris (Tas) 18.37 3. Jayne Griffin (Vic) 27.57 4. Matt Stasinowsky (SA) 29.60 NATIONAL BLADES FINAL 1. John Dalla (SA) 53.53 2. Ken French (Vic) 65.18 3. Nick Dennis (NSW) 69.22 4. Terry Rowbottom (Vic) 78.35 5. Garry Griffin (Vic) 93.68 6. Jamie Tippett (Vic) 93.90 NATIONAL TEAM FINALS (combining shearing and woolhandling results) 1. South Australia 186.75 2. Victoria 186.90 3. New South Wales 202.13 4. Tasmania 209.225 5. Queensland 241.45 6. Western Australia 249.725 35 ON-FARM December 2013 BEYOND THE BALE TRANS-TASMAN SHEARING TEST - 12 sheep 1. Australia 270.03 Shannon Warnest (SA) 18min 6sec, 88.8pts Robert Glover (Tas) 19min 48sec, 89.48pts Justin Dolphin (SA) 20min 45sec, 91.75pts 2. New Zealand 300.12 John Kirkpatrick 21min 38sec, 97.9pts Dion Morrell 17min 51sec, 100.47pts Rowland Smith 21min 50sec, 101.75pts TRANS-TASMAN WOOLHANDLING TEST 1. Australia 43.08 Angela Wakeley (NSW) Kayla Garner (NSW) 2. New Zealand 46.70 Keryn Herbert Tia Potae NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS