One of the country’s greatest sportsmen, David Fagan, has never been recognised in the Halberg awards and Jamie Mackay is launching a crusade to change that:
. . . At the time of writing the five times world champion had won a staggering 634 open-class shearing finals, not to mention the odd junior, intermediate and senior title he picked up along the way as he honed his craft.
By the time you read this that tally could well be 635 since he was a hot favourite to win the Southern Shears in Gore. With no Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick to contend with this season he’s looming large to win his 17th Golden Shears title at Masterton and do likewise for the 17th time in his swansong at the NZ Shearing Championships at Te Kuiti.
If Fagan is successful at either of the aforementioned events then surely he qualifies to be recognised in the 2015 Halberg Awards.
What more does the man have to do? . .
Fagan did win the Southern Shears in Gore at the weekend.
He also won the speed shearing competition at the inaugural Hilux Rural Games in Queenstown at Waitangi Weekend.
Even if he doesn’t win anything else this year, surely his skill, athleticism, his 635 open-class titles, including five world championships and his 16 Golden Shears titles should qualify him for an award.
He’s not just a champion, he’s a good sport and he’s willing to share his skills. He was working in sheds around Southland before the Southern Shears, teaching up and coming shearers.
Sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
That should cover shearing.
Anyone who doubts it, should read Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera. It has the most exciting sporting commentary I’ve ever read and the event was a shearing competition.
That shearing is also an occupation should be irrelevant – lots of other sports people are also paid to do what they do.
Shearing is a sport.
Fagan is one of New Zealand’s greatest sportsmen and he should be eligible for recognition at the Halberg Awards.
If the rules don’t allow his inclusion in existing categories then a special category that acknowledges his achievement should be made.