Golden Shears competition continues
The second day of the Golden Shears competition took place yesterday.
The country's top wool handlers, pressers and shearers gathered to give it their all.
Ngāti Porou and Tūhoe descendant Ricci Stevens is attempting to take out all three categories in a feat known as the triathlon.
“Everything's intense here at the Golden Shears. But nah yeah I put in everything that I had, so hopefully, make it through to the next round. There are a few people going for it, that Triathlon. So it's going to be quite a hard competition this year.”
To achieve the 'Triathlon', Stevens needs to win three sections of the Golden Shears - the shearing, the wool pressing and the wool handling.
“Shearing is my passion at the moment. I've done all three disciplines in the shed myself. First started off wool handling then went pressing and now I'm shearing. So that's how I got into the trade. It'd be awesome. My main focus at the moment is just shearing. To win the triathlon would just be awesome.”
Tumatahi Mullins, an expert of the sport believes that the person who achieves the triathlon is someone who is on a different level.
“You're doing the whole job of the whole shed really. You're shearing the sheep first, and then you're doing the wool, processing the wool and then you're putting the wool into a bale you know, so really you're the total package, And that's why it's such a cool event because a lot of guys are just shearers.”
The finals take place day.