Competitor shuns shear pressure
WA competition shearer Callum O’Brien has added a Golden Shears trans-Tasman team title to his repertoire, a shear dream of an accomplishment.
The Collie-based shed shearer qualified for the Australian shearing team at the 2018 Perth Royal Show and put in a gallant effort at his first Golden Shears International Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Masterton, New Zealand, at the weekend.
Backed by legendary teammates, including captain Jason Wingfield and four-time Australian champion Daniel McIntyre, they defeated the New Zealand team of reigning world champion Roland Smith, Nathan Stratford and John Kirkpatrick.
The four-point win was quite an accomplishment for Mr O’Brien, who qualified as an Australian team member at last year’s Perth Royal Show.
It was Australia’s sixth victory in the past 10 years in New Zealand and Mr O”Brien said it was a memorable experience.
“Although the pressure was on, I kept my cool and also picked up some valuable pointers from the very skilled talent on the boards,” he said.
The 31-year-old, who is a full-time shearer, said he was in top form and gave himself a good chance at the Wagin Woolorama open shearing title on the weekend. Mr Callum said the dream of competing on the Australian team was a highlight of his 15 years of competition.
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