Warramboo’s Brandon Waters has shown he has a bright future ahead as a sheep shearer following a victory at the 2018 Sheep Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at the Perth Royal Show last month.
Mr Waters took out a senior award against a field from across the country.
The 20-year-old said the competition victory exceeded his expectations.
“I was pretty amazed and stoked to win,” he said.
“I wasn’t expecting to win, but I was expecting to do well and get a place.
“The competition was judged on quality and time, so you needed good quality of shearing and a quick time, with the top six going into the final to decide the winner.”
Also competing in Perth were Dane Fredrickson of Tumby Bay, who made the national finals and finished fifth in the seniors; Brandon’s brother Corey Waters, who came in third in the novice event, and Tegan Mudge who finished 13th in the open woolhandling.
Mr Waters has been involved with shearing for the past four years and said he has competed in “30 to 40 shows” during that time, however this was the first time he had competed on the national stage.
Mr Waters lives on the family property at Warramboo and travels to various towns across Eyre Peninsula shearing, something he thoroughly enjoys.
“I like to have a look around and shear different sheep, and it’s good to travel and meet new people, plus I enjoy the competitions,” he said.
“I go around to most of Eyre Peninsula shearing.”
Mr Waters has undertaken a Certificate III in Shearing at TAFE and has also been involved with advanced workshops.
He has studied at different TAFE campuses across the state, including at Wudinna, for the past three years.
“I’m still learning and still shearing at TAFE,” Mr Waters said.
“I have been at different schools around the state, and they send out regional trainers and see where we can improve.”
Mr Waters hopes to continue in the field for many years to come.
“I enjoy what I am doing and I would like to shear all over the world,” he said.