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Victorian title for Echuca shearer

Franky Atkinson has won the Victorian super shear title at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

TRENT HORNEMAN July 23, 2014 3:44am

Franky Atkinson.

Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson will pit his skills against Australia’s best, representing Victoria in national finals in November.

Mr Atkinson won the Victorian super shear title at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show at the weekend.

He is no stranger to the world of competitive shearing, having represented Australia in an indigenous team which competed against a Maori side in New Zealand earlier this year.

Mr Atkinson said he drew on his New Zealand experience to help him at the weekend.

‘‘It was a definite advantage,’’ he said.

‘‘Going to New Zealand and shearing against some of the best shearers was a real opportunity to learn.’’

Mr Atkinson said he would turn his attention to shows in St Arnaud, Warrunderi and Forbes before the nationals in Orange.

His daily routine of shearing in sheds throughout the region will also help him to prepare.

‘‘Not so much physically, but you think about what you have to do eight hours a day, blow by blow,’’ he said.

Mr Atkinson said he was given the chance to represent NSW, as well as the national titles, but said he was keen to shear for Victoria.

‘‘I am a Victorian boy and it will be an honour to shear for my state,’’ he said.

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