Olympic Sheep Shearing?

The Federated Farmers of New Zealand are calling for sheep shearing to become an Olympic sport, pointing to the ‘shear hard work’ required. ‘I can testify to the physical effort shearing takes,’ said federation spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell. Shearing is recognized as a sport by the New Zealand funding body SPARC. In 2008 Sports Shear Australia, which oversees competitions in the country, also mooted the idea for the Beijing Games. ‘Surely, time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage?’ said Ms Maxwell, in a statement. “One way would be to make shearing a demonstration sport at a Commonwealth Games, if not, the Olympics itself.” She emphasized the athleticism of top shearers.” w/ photo

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