Father and son wins at the Royal Welsh show have added another chapter to the Fagan shearing legend:
The New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan and his son Jack have scored a remarkable double on one of the biggest shearing stages in the world by winning the open and senior finals at the Royal Welsh Show.
Earlier this year Jeanette Maxwell of Federated Farmers called for shearing to be introduced to the Olympics.
Sir Brian, a Wairarapa farmer who contested in the first ever Golden Shears in Masterton in 1961, gave an almost “hero” status to today’s modern day international shearing guns in his speech at last night’s (Thursday March 1) Golden Shears World Championship dinner.
“Those competitors who are part of Golden Shears and now the World Championships are part of the World Cup of Shearing. Lets compare it to rugby. When New Zealand hosted the World Cup of rugby, we had the best players – the best prepared. Here in Masterton right now we have those same best players and the best prepared.”
Sir Brian said Golden Shears and the competitors who took part had champion quality.
“I absolutely support that shearing is no longer just a job. I do think that one day you will get it in the Olympics.”
Shearing is one of the most physically demanding occupations, it’s also a sport and those who take part are just as much athletes as those who compete in sports which are already included in the Olympics.