Experience is an advantage

GO: Jason Wingfield wins sheep shearing. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
GO: Jason Wingfield wins sheep shearing. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Victoria's top shearer kept his title on Sunday.

Jason Wingfield is well accustomed to competitions like the one held at the Bendigo Showgrounds.

Jason Wingfield was stacked up against Glen Steven, Brian Walden and Roger Mifsud in the finals.

Mr Wingfield said it was his shearing experience that helped him win the title.

He said he was hoping to win and knew that he had quite an advantage.

"I knew that I had the pace over them so that added pressure," he said

"There was a bit of mental pressure too."

Mr Wingfield said he had been involved in the competition since 1987.

The competition grew a crowd of hundreds over the three days of training and competing.

The Victorian state championships were held by Northern Shearers.

Northern Shearers chairman Garry Griffin said the competition was excellent.

He said the "quality of workmanship" was impressive.

He said Mr Wingfield had younger competitors "chasing him" but he was "keeping his nose in front".

He said Mr Wingfield had "stepped up since he became a national champion".

Mr Wingfield also won the merino shearing event on Saturday.

Mr Griffin said he believed the event was the premier shearing and wool handling event in the state at the present time.