Schoffs a family of champions
IT'S one thing to be named as a top competitor in the state, but it's another thing entirely to be part of a whole family full of champions.
It's an achievement the Schoff family from Hopeland can claim after nabbing wins in sheep shearing and wool handling competitions this year, now preparing to fly to Perth for the National Titles later this month.
The Chinchilla News sat down with the Schoff's to get the scoop on their incredible achievements.
Phil - partner to Michelle and father of Alexander and Grace - took out the Queensland State Title for Sports Shears Queensland at the Ekka last month, while Alexander holds top spot in the senior wool handling category and third in the open.
Grace, the youngest, is the top novice shearer in the state, while Michelle has just been selected as a judge for the wool handling National Titles. Mr Schoff will compete for Queensland in the sheep shearing category.
It's a significant achievement, with the top competitors at Perth to be selected as part of the Australian team who will travel to France for the World Titles.
"It is a great honour to represent your state, same as represent your country, there's always something you aim for in your job, to be the best at it if you can,” Mr Schoff said.
And he said it was wonderful to see his children follow his footsteps.
"It's good to see them achieve as they have, because the young ones are the future,” he said.
"Oyr industry is, the age group of everyone working in it is getting old and there's not a lot of young people coming along cause it's a pretty hard game.”
And it's getting tougher, Mr Schoff explained, as the sheep numbers across the state drop and he looks interstate for work.
"That's the trouble - it's got to rain to make grass to pay for everything,” he said.
"And that's the biggest thing, unfortunately it's been dry for a bit too long.”
Nonetheless the future is looking bright for the Schoff line of competitors, with Alexander taking a particular shine to Michelle's wool handling.
"And my daughter Grace well she just wants to shear like I do!” Mr Schoff laughed.