The amazing story of the shearers from a country with no sheep

Tuesday July 09, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Aaron Bell was placed third in the speed shearing competition. 19070821 Aaron Bell was placed third in the speed shearing competition. 19070821

Far, far from the excitement of the Pacific Games, another Cook Islands team has won unexpected glory.

 

Their achievement is so unlikely as to be reminiscent of the bobsled team from sultry Jamaica that competed in the winter Olympics and inspired a movie, Cool Runnings.

Now, from a nation that has few if any sheep, comes the story of the Cook Islands wool handling and shearing team. This week, alongside 320 competitors and 5000 sheep, they placed fifth at the 18th Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championship in France.

Woolhandlers Raylene Henry and Tina Elers, joined by shearers Aaron Bell and Marley Waihape, were proud to come fifth in the world. “This is an awesome result.” 

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