Winning Sth Island hurrah for Joel

Former Gisborne wool handler Joel Henare demonstrated why he is a world champion when aspiration met perspiration in Balclutha on Saturday.

Conditions for competitors at the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were at the challenging end of the spectrum in the town’s War Memorial Hall, as temperatures topped 28 degrees.

For Motueka-based Henare, it was his last South Island event before he retires later this year.

In a masterclass display, Henare ran away with the open final, tallying 145.820 to second-placed Pagan Karauria, of Alexandra, who scored 225.506.

A modest Henare described his performance as “good enough”, adding he was optimistic he would be selected for the Golden Shears and get a tilt at retaining his world title in France this July.

After 14 years in the sport, 27-year-old Henare said he planned to retire this year due to a “change of priorities”.

“I’ll be spending more time looking after my family, and I’m looking at giving real estate a go.

“I’ve been lucky to be able to do what I love for a long time. It’s a good life in the shed. I’ve been to great places and met great people.

“Hopefully I can go out with a bang.”

Otago event chairman Bruce Walker said although the quality of competition was “exceptional” this year, he wanted to see that matched in future by “quantity”.

“The industry’s feeling the squeeze (of lower wool price) a bit, and that’s perhaps reflected in lower numbers of entrants at the top level.

“We’re lucky to have some amazing sponsors but shearing as a whole in New Zealand needs the industry to step up and show its support.

“Competition like this helps us set the standard.”

— Story by Otago Daily Times

Former Gisborne wool handler Joel Henare demonstrated why he is a world champion when aspiration met perspiration in Balclutha on Saturday.

Conditions for competitors at the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were at the challenging end of the spectrum in the town’s War Memorial Hall, as temperatures topped 28 degrees.

For Motueka-based Henare, it was his last South Island event before he retires later this year.

In a masterclass display, Henare ran away with the open final, tallying 145.820 to second-placed Pagan Karauria, of Alexandra, who scored 225.506.

A modest Henare described his performance as “good enough”, adding he was optimistic he would be selected for the Golden Shears and get a tilt at retaining his world title in France this July.

After 14 years in the sport, 27-year-old Henare said he planned to retire this year due to a “change of priorities”.

“I’ll be spending more time looking after my family, and I’m looking at giving real estate a go.

“I’ve been lucky to be able to do what I love for a long time. It’s a good life in the shed. I’ve been to great places and met great people.

“Hopefully I can go out with a bang.”

Otago event chairman Bruce Walker said although the quality of competition was “exceptional” this year, he wanted to see that matched in future by “quantity”.

“The industry’s feeling the squeeze (of lower wool price) a bit, and that’s perhaps reflected in lower numbers of entrants at the top level.

“We’re lucky to have some amazing sponsors but shearing as a whole in New Zealand needs the industry to step up and show its support.

“Competition like this helps us set the standard.”

— Story by Otago Daily Times

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