Bar­rie demon­strates sports­man­ship

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By ABBY BROWN

Cameron Bar­rie, a Slat­tery Con­tract­ing em­ployee, was re­warded for show­ing the right at­ti­tude dur­ing the trac­tor pull at this year’s Fiel­d­ays.

‘‘The or­gan­iser said that I dis­played the right at­ti­tude through­out the event,’’ the Mata­mata trac­tor driver said.

‘‘On the Satur­day in the third round I got the slow­est time down one side as it was quite wet but I didn’t get dis­heart­ened so I think that may have played a part in get­ting the award.’’

Bar­rie said he had been in one trac­tor pull event be­fore the Fiel­d­ays and had got in­volved be­cause of the so­cial as­pect that comes with the sport.

He said the event en­abled trac­tor con­trac­tors and farm­ers to so­cialise and check out each other’s trac­tors.

Bar­rie, who is in his fourth sea­son with Slat­tery Con­tract­ing, said he had al­ways been into trac­tors as a kid grow­ing up on a Te Awa­mutu dairy farm.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing with the army, he got into driv­ing trac­tors.

In his first sea­son with Slat­tery he was a sea­sonal driver who drove a rake and wrapped bales. Now that his skill range has in­creased, he does all sorts in­clud­ing square bal­ing, drives the loader wagon, while also get­ting in­volved with ground work, cul­ti­va­tion and seed work.

Another Slat­tery em­ployee, Tay­lor Green, also en­tered the two trac­tor pull cat­e­gories.

One in­volves trac­tors car­ry­ing weights and rac­ing and the other in­volves trac­tors trans­fer­ring weights.

This was the first time a Slat­tery Con­tract­ing trac­tor had en­tered this event.

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