Ian Elkins has spent his entire working life in the shearing industry. He is well known for his success in shearing competitions all over Australia and internationally during the 1980’s and 1990’s where he won over 120 Open competitions including four Australian Merino Championships, Australian Shearer of the Year on eight occasions and winner of the International Professional Shearing Contest Denver USA in 1994. He represented Australia at several international events including in the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and the USA.
Since then he has worked for NSW TAFE as a shearing coach as well as establishing his successful shearing business.
Ian is now frequently called upon to promote the shearing industry as an ambassador through providing shearing demonstrations at events such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show (annually for the last 11 years), Australia Day events and other high profile media events. Most notable was his recent demonstration for Prince William and his wife Kate at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2014 along with several demonstrations for the Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce and when she hosted groups of international diplomats.
Ian’s contribution to the shearing industry was recognised when he was inducted into the Shearer’s Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also chosen to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 by the Prime Minister and Governor-General of Australia. Most recently he was awarded an Australian of the Day award.
Ian received world wide media coverage and a Guinness World Record for shearing the overgrown Chris the Sheep who had a staggering 41.1kg of wool on him.
Ian is passionate about promoting the shearing industry to the younger generation through the shearing schools he runs through TAFE Western and the coaching work he does with the Australian Wool Innovation to young shearers throughout NSW.