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Beyond the Bale : June 2014
The Australian competitors at the 2014 Golden Shears World Championships held at Gorey, Ireland, did well with all of the shearers reaching at least the semi-finals and finishing in the top 12, and our two wool handlers also finished in the top 12. Twice world champion Shannon Warnest made the final of the machine shearing competition finishing sixth after shearing his 20 sheep. Shannon, with teammate Jason Wingfield, finished the team event in fifth place for Australia. John Dalla and Ken French finished third for Australia in the blade shearing team event. A full crowd packed the venue with roars and cheers, adding to the atmosphere created by the competitors' spectacular display of stamina and shear skill. AUSTRALIAN TEAM RESULTS Machine shearing Shannon Warnest (SA): 6th in the final Jason Wingfield (Vic): 12th in the world Won by Rowland Smith (New Zealand) Australia 5th in the team finals (won by Scotland). Blade shearing John Dalla (SA): 7th in the world Ken French (Vic): 8th in the world Won by Mayenzeke Shweni (South Africa) Australia 3rd in the team finals (won by South Africa). Woolhandling Mel Morris (Tas): 8th in the world Sarah Moran (Vic): 11th in the world Won by Hilary Bond (England); team event won by Wales. Wally Humphrys (SA) was the Australian team manager; Winston Flood (Tas) was a shearing judge; Craig Rowsell (SA) was a woolhandling judge. 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 SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 37 ON-FARM June 2014 BEYOND THE BALE Shannon Warnest from South Australia competing at the World Championships. SHEARER AND WOOL HANDLER TRAINING Highly skilled, professional staff shearing and preparing the Australian wool clip in a safe and timely manner are essential to the continued profitability of the Australian wool industry. AWI therefore funds training for novice, improver and professional shearers and wool handlers within its regional coaching program. The aim of the AWI shearer and wool handler training program is to: attract and retain new entrants into the wool harvesting industry build the capacity and longevity of existing staff increase returns to wool producers through improved clip preparation practices. Find out more about the AWI shearer and wool handler skills development program and government-funded training initiatives by contacting AWI's preferred training provider in your state. STATE TRAINING PROVIDER CONTACT PHONE NSW TAFE NSW -- New England Pauline Smith 02 6773 7110 AWI Independent Coaching Program -- central NSW Jim Murray 0427 460 007 AWI Independent Coaching Program -- southern NSW Peter Artridge 0429 204 295 QLD TECTRA Australia Gavin Rowland 02 7432 5450 Australian Agricultural College Corporation (AACC) Carolyn Doyle 1800 888 710 SA TAFE SA Ann Beacham 08 8207 1105 TAS Primary Employers Tasmania (PET) Keith Rice 03 6343 2244 VIC SCAA Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc Darren Templeton 0427 435 244 RIST -- Rural Industries Skills Training Louise Cameron 03 5573 0943 WA DN&NB King Derald King 0417 184 209 Great Southern TAFE Peter Young 08 9892 7551 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 Ian Evans at AWI on 0427 773 005 or email@example.com to find out more about what support might be available for your event. More information: The results of all the competitions are available at www.goldenshearsireland.com PHOTO: Flick Wingfield.