New Zealand campaign to make sheep shearing an Olympic event
It probably had to come, from a country with almost ten times as many sheep as people: New Zealand wants sheep shearing made into an Olympic event.
The New Zealand Farmers Federation, a rural lobby group, claims wool shearers should be recognised alongside the world’s finest athletes for their “sport”.
Jeanette Maxwell, a spokesman for the federation, describes top shearers as “athletes who take it to another level”.
She said: “I can testify to the physical effort shearing takes.
“Surely, the time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage.
“One way would be to make shearing a demonstration sport at the Commonwealth Games, if not the Olympics itself.”