Young wool growers head to SA for AWI course

Sheep Central, November 29, 2021

The 2021 Breeding Leadership participants got together with a friend for a group photo.

YOUNG wool growers will converge on Clare in South Australia next year for the next Australian Wool Innovation Breeding Leadership course.

Twenty five young people involved in the wool industry right across the country will gather in Clare, South Australia for the next running Australian Wool Innovation Breeding Leadership course.

The week long program from February 20-25 2022 will cover a range of topics including strategy (understanding your business and industry), understanding yourself (personality typing), working in teams (accountability, communicating expectations, decision making) and the future (entrepreneurship, innovation and managing change).

There is also a full-day bus tour to allow participants the opportunity to visit local leaders in a range of industries. Breeding Leadership is a flagship investment under AWI’s Leadership and Capacity Building area.

AWI acting chief executive officer John Roberts said the course is all about fostering the next generation of wool industry leaders.

“The Australian wool industry has a bright future and we need to continue to attract smart and enthusiastic young people to it.

“I am impressed by the high quality of participants representing all facets of the wool industry and AWI is looking forward to boosting their industry involvement via this valuable program.”

Course participant Shannon Donoghue from Naracoorte in South Australia said she is most looking forward to “the opportunity to learn more about myself and develop my skills in understanding other people as this knowledge will help me become a better trainer and create change in the industry”. Shannon is a wool handler trainer and mentor.

Breeding Leadership is funded by AWI and facilitated by Pinion Advisory, aims aims to empower young people involved in the wool industry to step into leadership roles within their community.


New South Wales: Jock Cartwright, Jackie Chapman, Sally Crozier, Dione Howard, Nick Kershaw, Bea Litchfield, Matthew Martin, Alec Merriman and Jesse Moody.

South Australia: Alex Brinkworth, Shannon Donoghue, Declan Harvey, Genevieve Kelly, Monica Ley, Kara Murphy, Duane Simson, Tom Taheny and Tom Steele.

Western Australia: Ellie Bigwood, Bridgitte Brooks, Luke Button and Bridget Pullela.

Victoria: Katherine Bain, Nicole Davis and Alex Lewis.

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