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Team Manager : David Stewart

I am a self employed sheep farmer and deer stalker from Glenshee. I've been running 1000 ewes split between Texels and Cheviots. I am a past YFC shearing Champion at the Royal Highland Show and represented Scotland as a member of the Scottish shearing team at International level as well as winning numerous shearing competitions across Scotland over the years. I've also had a shearing run of 30,000 sheep per year and been a shearing instructor and judge for over 45 years. Despite giving up contract shearing a few years ago due to ill health, this year I was able to pick up the handpiece and get back on the boards which Im really excited about!

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Audrey Aiken, 41

I am a HR Advisor at NTS (Nuclear Transport Solutions) based in Cumbria, where my husband and I have been living since 2017. Johnny and I have been together since 2014 and married in 2019. We now have our baby girl Jessica who joined us in 2022. This will be my third world championships representing Scotland, but I have also been privileged to be part of the teams for the 6 nations in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. I initially started wool handling whilst working with my brother back when I was around 15 yr. old. I didn’t do anything further until my mid-twenties where I went on to do some work in Norway, New Zealand, England and Scotland. I feel very lucky to have been able to do this travel for work, where meeting and learning from some incredible people in the shearing industry. I start competing around the same time. Away from it all you would find me relaxing at a football game in Glasgow (never relaxing really) or out at agriculture shows and sales supporting Johnny with his Sheep or working with my mum and showing her Clydesdale horse. I leave the shearing to the guys and gals who know what they are doing with a handpiece/set of blades.. but probably like a crossbred for a fleece which will hold together better for the pick up, throw and roll

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William Craig, 54

I am from Blendewing Farm , Broughton in the Scottish Borders. I have been blade shearing since the age of 15 and won the Young Farmers Blades competition years ago but didn’t start competing seriously till 2010 at the Highland Show in the Open Blades. I have had wins at Lesmahagow, Lochearnhead, and Royal Highland Show and won the Six Nations in the Team event with my partner Mark Armstrong but the most significant win was 6th Place in the individual event at the World Championships in New Zealand in 2012. A hip replacement operation in prevented me from trying to qualify for 2017. I have a Gold Seal in Blade Shearing too. I compete in Open Blade Shearing, as well as competed at Worlds in New Zealand in 2012 and France in 2019 and my favourite sheep to shear is traditional Scottish Blackface Sheep. I'm really looking forward to the buzz and atmosphere of having the World Championships in Scotland. The support for all the competitors will be amazing but especially for the Scotland Team! I am also looking forward to meeting up with old and new faces from around the world and hope the competition can inspire and bring new shearers to the Blade event.

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Mark Armstrong, 52

I am from Amulree near Dunkeld in Perthshire where I look after an estate of 5500 acres running 1200 blackface ewes and 400 hoggs Previously, I was part of open machine shearing but now I am competing in the open blades competition after having competed in blades for last 12 years. I have won Lochearnhead shears twice and have won the Scottish circuit in 2015,2016,2018 & 2022. The greatest win for me was winning the six nations in 2018 in Northern Ireland representing Scotland all over the world along side Willie Craig for last 10 yrs. I have been to three previous world champs in New Zealand in 2012/2017 and France in 2019 but the greatest win of all time for me is being a grampy to Ewan, Adam & Lara. I am looking forward to wearing the Scottish singlet and representing my country again especially in Scotland.

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Rosie Keenan, 29

I am from the Small village of Strathyre near Lochearnhead in Perthshire, Scotland. I started travelling as a wool handler in 2011 following the shearing season around the world. I didn’t start competing until 2013 with my first show being the Royal Highland in the novice grade. After achieving two wins in the novice I moved up to the open grade for the 2015 season. During this time I competed in several shows throughout the Uk, Europe and New Zealand, often making semifinals and finals but it wasn’t until 2017 I had my first open win at Balmoral show. In 2018 I placed second in the Scottish wool handling circuit gaining a spot in the national team for the 2019 world championship in France where I came second individually and second as a team with my team mate Audrey. I have won the Scottish circuit for the last two years securing my place in Team Scotland 2023 at the Royal Highland Show. Regarding the Golden Shears, I am most looking forward to the competition being on home ground, I feel the atmosphere and the energy of crowd will be far more spectacular than before and will really motivate our Scottish team. I am very humbled for the opportunity to fly the flag for Scotland at our national show, which will also mark the tenth anniversary of me first setting foot on the stage and competing in Wool Handling.

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Hamish Mitchell, 52

I've been shearing for 35 years, traveling the world since I was 19. Covering Europe, Scandinavia, America, Falkland Islands, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India and all over the UK. For the last 20 years, alongside my wife, Jorunn(JJ) Mitchell, I have been actively farming. Successfully buying our own farm 13 years ago, first in Norway, then moving to Scotland 5 years ago. As well as managing our own farm near Stirling today, we also help to run a large farm enterprise near Perth, where we currently stay with our 3 kids: Norman 11, Christine 13 and Johanna 16. This will be the ninth time I have represented Scotland at the Golden Shear's World Championships, the second time in Scotland. I have won around 100 shearing events around the world, the odd speed shear as well as the Scottish national titles 15+ times. My favourite sheep to shear are British Breeds! I hope everyone has a great time and enjoys the Scottish scenery!

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Calum Shaw, 32

I am from Saline, Fife and have twenty years experience in Sheep Shearing! I compete in the Open competition and have won at the French World team event, Royal Highland Show, Scottish National, Royal Ulster, Lochearnhead, Black Isle and Lesmahagow. I last did the World Championships in 2019 in France and I don't have a favourite sheep to shear but as long as they are small and sit still...I'm happy!

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