Cook Islands Shearing and Woolhandling team in France in 2019. SUPPLIED/23012350
Cook Islanders residing in New Zealand – especially those working on a sheep farm – have a great opportunity to represent the country at the upcoming Golden Shears competition.
Cook Islands Shearing and Woolhandling team will participate in the competition to be held in Scotland in June this year.
manager Sharon Hillis said they would be taking two shearers and two
woolhandlers to the Golden Shears event. The team members will be selected at
the national show in Gore, New Zealand on February 17 and 18.
chosen for the team, individuals have had to send through documentation to me
on their family links to the Cook Islands,” Hillis said.
have to do four shows prior to our national show. Their results are sent to me
to show their performance to date. We have some passionate people doing all
they can to go to Scotland.
all working very hard.”
2017 world competition held in Invercargill, New Zealand, national team member
Tina Elers finished third in the woolhandling singles event. Tina then teamed
up with Maiden Elers to finish third in the woolhandling team event.
the team travelled to France for the Golden Shears World Championships in Le
member Marley Waihape finished third in the All Nations Senior Shearing final
and Tina Elers finished fourth in the All Nations Open Woolhandling final.
shearers Aaron and Marley finished 12th place overall and the
woolhandling team of Vicky and Tina finished fifth,” Hillis said.
Islands Shearing and Woolhandling team is currently fundraising and seeking
sponsorship for their team to attend the 2023 event in Edinburgh.
the only challenge they have is costs as it is all self-funded.
some fundraising, but it does cost a bit to fly to the other side of the