Son of a gun to test himself in Perth

SHEARER: Dane Fredrickson will head to Perth next week where he will compete in a higher grade and test himself against other shearers.
SHEARER: Dane Fredrickson will head to Perth next week where he will compete in a higher grade and test himself against other shearers.

A Tumby Bay shearer will be heading to the 2018 National Shearing Championships to test his mettle and shearing prowess later this month.

Hoping to take on tips imparted by his father shearer Karl Fredrickson and brother Toby Fredrickson, shearer Dane Fredrickson will be heading to Perth next week to compete in the senior category of the competition, held between September 20 and 24.

Mr Fredrickson, who has recently competed in a shearing competition in Crystal Brook and finished in fourth place, said he was feeling “pretty comfortable” about his shearing ability.

He has competed in about 20 shearing competitions and competed internationally at the Golden Shears competition in New Zealand earlier this year where he received the cleanest shearer award.

“I feel good, I feel like I could make the final...but I am pretty new to this grade,” he said.

Mr Fredrickson said he had been shearing for four years and completed his Certificate III in Shearing at TAFE SA about a year ago.

He said the pressure of the competition helped him perform better at his day to day job.

While undertaking his training, Mr Fredrickson travelled throughout South Australia to shearing sheds located near Port Augusta and in the South East region to learn from “gun shearers.”

He said he liked shearing as it was a job where effort directly correlated to financial compensation.

“It’s a physical job, but only as hard as you make it...you get out what you put in,” Mr Fredrickson said.