Their achievement is so unlikely as to be reminiscent of the bobsled team from sultry Jamaica that competed in the winter Olympics and inspired a movie, Cool Runnings.
Now, from a nation that has few if any sheep, comes the story of the Cook Islands wool handling and shearing team. This week, alongside 320 competitors and 5000 sheep, they placed fifth at the 18th Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championship in France.
Woolhandlers Raylene Henry and Tina Elers, joined by shearers Aaron Bell and Marley Waihape, were proud to come fifth in the world. “This is an awesome result.”