Michelle Walker

Posted on 18th August 2016

Hanging out in her Dad’s shearing shed as a youngster was Michelle Walker’s first glimpse of the sheep shearing and wool handling industry and it wasn’t until she was 16 that she discovered a new world that has led her to compete in woolhandling competitions for almost 22 years.

“I was invited along to the national competition by Bruce Lines by chance. I had no idea that it was a sport, let alone something that people competed in.”

It didn’t take Michelle long to catch on and she went on to win the World Championships in 2005 with team mates Steve and Kylie Rigby. She went on to earn a place in the Australian Wool Handling Team after only three competitions. This year, she returns to the competition stage joining the best of the best at the Jackie Howe Invitational.

“Having not been for a couple of years, it is wonderful to have been asked back. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone and seeing some top competition.”

Hailing from the small village of Carrick, 20km west of Launceston in northern Tasmania, Michelle splits her time between running the family farm and her partner’s wood logging business.