Central Otago wool handler Taiwha Nelson in action at the
New Zealand Corriedale wool-handling championships at the
Canterbury A and P Show in Christchurch last week. Photo
from Shearing Sports NZ.
Clyde woman Taiwha Nelson put some old skills to good use
when she won the New Zealand Corriedale wool-handling
championship open title at the Canterbury A and P Show in
Christchurch last week.
Nelson (37), who works in the office for Alexandra-based
shearing contractors Peter and Elsie Lyon, beat two world
champions to take the title.
She has not done much wool-handling lately and has not won an
event since her third New Zealand merino championships
victory in Alexandra more than two years ago.
She faced tough opposition in the final, including from 2010
world teams champion Keryn Herbert, of Te Awamutu, and
two-time world teams champion Tina Rimene, formerly based in
Alexandra and Masterton and now employed as upper South
Island chief wool-handling instructor for industry trainer
The last of the three to finish and conceding almost 10
points to Herbert, the 2010 event winner, Nelson's wool
points were far superior and gave her a comfortable victory
with 273.25 points.
Herbert was second with 302.97 points and Rimene third with
Anne-Maree Kahukura, of Omakau, was second in the senior
final, while Sheree Peterson, from Milton, was third.