16 Jan 2018

Women's shearing record set in 'epic' sporting feat

10:49 am on 16 January 2018

A nine-hour slog to set a new world shearing record is being described as an 'epic sporting feat'.

Kerri-Joe Te Huia during the shearing record attempt (right) and Te Huia with Welsh shearing records judge Arwyn Jones and the certificate recognising her record.

Kerri-Joe Te Huia during the shearing record attempt (right) and Te Huia with Welsh shearing records judge Arwyn Jones and the certificate recognising her record. Photo: Supplied

Kerri-Jo Te Huia sheared 452 ewes in a Wairarapa woolshed yesterday to set a record that no-one has held before: that for the women's nine-hour strongwool ewe category.

Champion shearer Jills Angus Burney watched Ms Te Huia make history and said she did an amazing job.

"There's not many men who would shear 450 in a day on those sheep, and i think she did a fabulous job of it. It's a very tough task, but she's an awesome athlete."

Ms Angus-Barney said Ms Te Huia had created a formidable world record, setting a tough challenge for up-and-coming female shearers.

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