Aussies Bid for New Olympic Sport

  Taff™ 13:01 24 Aug 2008

Sheep Shearing! click here

Bet we could beat them at that too.

  Forum Editor 13:21 24 Aug 2008

I've watched an Australian shearing team in action, and it's a very impressive sight - these people can shear 200 sheep each on a good day. There's a problem in Australia because there aren't enough skilled shearers to cope. It's not that well paid, the working conditions looked pretty awful to me, and there are long-term health issues - back problems being the main one.

I wouldn't bank on seeing shearers of any nationality on the winners' podium any time soon.

  Sapins 13:58 24 Aug 2008

Well the Chinese are good at pulling the wool over our eyes;-)

  version8 13:58 24 Aug 2008

On the farm i used to work whilst on school holidays the Aussies used to be VERY quick at shearing.

  wiz-king 16:55 24 Aug 2008

Yes but can we learn to say "We was fleeced" insted of "We was robbed!"

  laurie53 20:16 24 Aug 2008

World Championships are in Norway in October.

I would not like to be a shorn sheep in Norway in October!

  wolfie3000 05:18 25 Aug 2008

Maybe they could make gaming an Olympic sport for 2012,
That way i could win a medal for england.
And before anyone laughs it is a sport already with quite a few championships happening around the world.

Probably be alot more exciting than watching guys de fleece sheep.

  Quickbeam 10:19 25 Aug 2008

Virgin radio was doing a light hearted piece on a new Olympic sport to represent Britain yesterday. The favourites were British bulldog, marbles and conkers...

  spuds 12:19 25 Aug 2008

When I saw the title, I was perhaps thinking in terms of Sheila Chasing or Fosters Can Counting :O)

  Forum Editor 12:35 25 Aug 2008

Playing computer games is not a sport, any more than playing scrabble is a sport.

For something to be a sport it must require a degree of physical prowess. Archery and shooting only just sneak in as far as I'm concerned.

  ventanas 13:47 25 Aug 2008

And certainly not rythmic gymnastics. It's more akin to dancing than sport. Same goes for synchronised swimming.

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