Bigga Quick Shear 2020: All the photos and winners

WINNER: Whanake Whare won Bigga Quick Shear 2020 in an impressive 23 seconds. Photo: Hannah Sparks
WINNER: Whanake Whare won Bigga Quick Shear 2020 in an impressive 23 seconds. Photo: Hannah Sparks

Whanake Whare of New Zealand won the 6th Bigga Quick Shear on January 25, with an impressive time of 23 seconds in the Open Final.

The full-time shearer, who currently lives in Dubbo, said it was his best time in Australia but behind his even more impressive record of 20 seconds in New Zealand.

Mr Whare chases quick shears across the country and said he would most likely spend the prize money of $2000 on his children.

"I just came out for a bit of fun and brought the kids along," he said.

Judges described Mr Whare's winning shear as "a nice, clean shave".

Mr Whare was a crowd favourite, taking the highest bid of $410 in the final.

Terry Garnham, who came second in the Open Final, also got a bid of $410.

WINNERS: Ashley Gilbert (Over 50s), Whanake Whare (Open), Corey McLean (Intermediate) and Laurie Dyer (Novice) with Bigga Quick Shear 2020 organiser David Zouch (left). Photo: Hannah Sparks

WINNERS: Ashley Gilbert (Over 50s), Whanake Whare (Open), Corey McLean (Intermediate) and Laurie Dyer (Novice) with Bigga Quick Shear 2020 organiser David Zouch (left). Photo: Hannah Sparks

Welsh shearer Dylan Jones almost beat Mr Whare, shearing a fraction faster in the Open Final. Unfortunately, he got three red lights from the judges when the time was up.

Mr Jones arrived in Australia on December 10 and was shearing in Wagga Wagga until March when he'll return home to north Wales.

This was his first quick shear in Australia, although he had competed at several during five seasons in New Zealand.

OPEN FINALISTS: Whanake Whare, Terry Garnham, Jacko Hira, Justin Tarrant, Dylan Jones, Daniel Knight and Robert Lewis. Photo: Hannah Sparks

OPEN FINALISTS: Whanake Whare, Terry Garnham, Jacko Hira, Justin Tarrant, Dylan Jones, Daniel Knight and Robert Lewis. Photo: Hannah Sparks

The competition's youngest shearer was eleven-year-old Jay Knight.

Jay scored an impressive time of 1.39 in the Novice Heat. While the time wasn't fast enough for the final, quick shears are all about practice for this youngster.

Jay is no newcomer to the local quick shear circuit and has competed about six times including at Bigga previously, as well as at Laggan and Young.

He learnt to shear from his father, grandfather and uncles at the age of six. His father and uncles also competed in the 2020 Bigga Quick Shear.

Jay said he'd like to be a shearer when he's older, but that his mum wasn't as keen on the idea.

Bigga Quick Shear 2020 finalists

Open

  1. Whanake Whare (23 seconds)
  2. Terry Garnham (26 seconds)
  3. Jacko Hira (29 seconds)
  4. Justin Tarrant (34 seconds)
  5. Dylan Jones (23 seconds, disqualified)
  6. Daniel Knight (29 seconds, disqualified)
  7. Robert Lewis (33 seconds, disqualified)

Intermediate

  1. Corey McLean (34 seconds)
  2. Hayden Croker (38 seconds)
  3. Shane Bingley (38.6 seconds)
  4. Jodie Garnham (43 seconds)
  5. Bradley Bryce (41 seconds, disqualified)

Novice

  1. Laurie Dyer (48 seconds)
  2. Henry Marks (50 seconds)
  3. Brody Apps (54 seconds)
  4. Quinton Lewis (1 minute, disqualified)

Over 50s

  1. Ashley Gilbert (40 seconds)
  2. Robert Lewis Senior (44 seconds)