Brother and sister’s service recognised

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Honoured...Northern South land Community Shears committee members siblings Megan and Troy Shirley received life memberships of the group on Friday. PHOTO: JENNY CAMPBELL

Northern Southland Community Shears committee life memberships run in the Shirley family.

On Friday it was announced at the event that Megan and her brother Troy had been recognised with the honour.

They joined their parents Nigel and Patsy who have previously been made life members of the group.

Both siblings have been part of the committee for about 20 years, since the event was first held in Lumsden, and have not missed a show since.

Ms Shirley said it was a surprise to receive the life membership.

“I just like doing what I do in the background.

“It was pretty emotional.

“I’m not really a person that expects to get something like that because I do it because it’s something I love doing.”

She had worked and competed as a woolhandler for many years.

“I’m not competing but I still want it there for those woolhandlers.”

It was good for the industry to have events such as the shears.

“When you are competing your standard lifts.”

It was thanks to her mother and father that she had become involved in the sport, she said.

Mr Shirley was also surprised to be made a life member.

“[I’m] probably a bit young for it, really – I thought it was given to old people.”

He had competed for many years during his shearing career.

It was good to provide an opportunity for the younger shearers and woolhandlers to compete.

“It is quite enjoyable to do.”

One year, he had been working in Australia but still came home to help with the shears.