Accolades for shearing event at ILT Stadium

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Photo: Corrina Jane Photography

THE 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships and ILT Stadium Southland received further accolades this week, both being named as finalists for national awards by the New Zealand Events Association.

The four-day world championships staged at ILT Stadium Southland in February attracted competitors from a record 31 countries (along with 4500 sheep), earning international and unanimous praise for the unprecedented showcasing of shearing and woolhandling.

The event is a finalist in the Best International Event category while ILT Stadium Southland was short-listed for the Best Industry Supplier for an Event award.

ILT Stadium Southland.

“It’s very humbling just to make the final. When you look at the events which have won this award previously and the standard of this year’s finalists, it’s a great endorsement in all the hard work by the hundreds who made the world championships the event it was,” he said.

“We put our name forward to recognise all the support we received from the ILT stadium team, the shearing fraternity, the public, sponsors and funders. And just like competing at world champs, once you make a final, anything can happen,” the former world shearing champion said.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said it was a great result for the event, the venue and the Southland community.

“It’s fantastic recognition for what was a very special event. I think it also says a great deal about our community and this wonderful community facility that we can deliver a world-class event to that standard,” Mr Skelt said.

New Zealand Shearing Foundation chairman Tom Wilson was delighted with this week’s double announcement.

Photo: Corrina Jane Photography

“It’s very humbling just to make the final. When you look at the events which have won this award previously and the standard of this year’s finalists, it’s a great endorsement in all the hard work by the hundreds who made the world championships the event it was,” he said.

“We put our name forward to recognise all the support we received from the ILT stadium team, the shearing fraternity, the public, sponsors and funders. And just like competing at world champs, once you make a final, anything can happen,” the former world shearing champion said.

The World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships are joined as a finalist in the International Event category by the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships, Crankworx Rotorua 2016, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary International Navy Review, and SingularityU New Zealand Summit.

The category winners will be announced at a gala dinner at SkyCity in Auckland on October 11.

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