Overseas shearers for Otago event

Some of the world's best will converge in Balclutha this weekend for the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

Shearing Sports New Zealand South Island committee chairman Michael Hogan anticipated about 220 shearing and woolhandling competitors would travel to Balclutha for the championship events to be held on Friday and Saturday.

New Zealand team shearing representatives Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, and Johnny Kirkpatrick, of Napier, will make an appearance, after qualifying last year for the world championships to be held in Invercargill next weekend.

Last year's reigning champion Rowland Smith, of Hastings, will also attend the event.

Mr Hogan said the depth of high quality shearers and woolhandlers in the country made it a challenge for competitors to make the New Zealand team.

This weekend's championship event would be ''significantly bigger'' than it had been in previous years as it was to be held the weekend before the world championships.

Read the full article from the Otago Daily Times here.


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