Shear­ing life for Chilean fam­ily

The Invercargill Eye - - OUT & ABOUT - JENNY CAMP­BELL

Luis Pin­col and his Chilean fam­ily’s lifestyle re­volves around shear­ing

They en­joy trav­el­ling around the shows as a fam­ily, en­cour­ag­ing Luis as he com­petes.

‘‘I first com­peted at Lums­den’s show [The North­ern South­land Com­mu­nity Shears] in 2015 in the in­ter­me­di­ate grade and this is my sec­ond sea­son in se­niors.

‘‘My shed tal­lies were about 250 in 2016 but I am now con­sis­tently up to 300 a day.’’

Pin­col had been shear­ing in Chile for eight years when he saw op­por­tu­ni­ties for shear­ers in New Zealand on the in­ter­net.

‘‘I liked what I saw about the qual­ity of shear­ing in New Zealand so I de­cided to come and have a taste,’’ he said.

‘‘Su­sana and Demian [his wife and son] joined me eight months later, with Lu­ciano be­ing born here in 2014.’’

Pin­col has worked with Bruce Rogers Shear­ing in Geral­dine since he ar­rived, and has a work visa un­til 2020.

Gon­za­les is able to stay be­cause they have a part­ner­ship visa.

How­ever, it hasn’t al­ways been plain sail­ing. In July 2016 Pin­col broke his an­kle and had screws and plates in­serted, fol­lowed by four months in bed and two months re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

In an­other op­er­a­tion the screws and plates were re­moved and he re­turned to work, but seven days later a sheep kicked his an­kle re­sult­ing in an­other month off work.

He started com­pet­ing again at the be­gin­ning of 2017.

‘‘I fin­ished fourth in the in­ter­me­di­ate top 12 na­tional class rank­ing in the 2015-2016 sea­son and sev­enth in the se­nior na­tional rank­ing in the 2016- 2017 sea­son.

‘‘I have been to shear­ing schools through train­ing groups such as Tec­tra and I keep learn­ing ev­ery day.’’

He reached the se­nior semi-fi­nals on Fri­day at Lums­den, com­peted at Win­ton on Satur­day and was con­tin­u­ing on the cir­cuit to Gore and Bal­clutha.

Gon­za­les said the fam­ily was en­joy­ing the Kiwi lifestyle.

‘‘We haven’t been back to Chile be­cause we had just bought our tick­ets and the next week Luis broke his an­kle, so we just com­mu­ni­cate on Skype.

‘‘We like trav­el­ling as a fam­ily and the boys en­joy go­ing to the shows.’’


Su­sana Gon­za­les, Lu­ciano Pi­col, 3, Demian Pin­col, 8, and Luis Pin­col at the North­ern South­land Com­mu­nity Shears.

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