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Endurance sport, but not as you know it

Endurance sport, but not as you know it

The search is on for a fencer to take the ‘Cyclone Golden Pliers’ title from eight times champion and King of the Pliers Paul Van Beers.

The NZ National Fencing Championships are on again during Fieldays, 16-19 June at the ever popular agricultural event at Mystery Creek Events Centre.

Each year in June the top fencers from around New Zealand gather at Fieldays to erect the sturdiest, straightest and fastest fence in the hope of taking home the prestigious Cyclone Golden Pliers title. At the 2004 event contestants will once again be up against the legendary fencer and eight times title holder Paul Van beers.

Fieldays Competitions Coordinator Kate McGowan said like any endurance sport, the competitors must train for such activities to ensure not only that their skills and theory are up to scratch, but also their fitness level.

“All fencers are encouraged to have a go at this whether they are new to the industry or established contractors,” she said. “With so many fencing contractors competing at this competition level over the past 35 years, the standard of fencing in New Zealand has raised considerably, setting the level for other fencing contractors.”

The National Fieldays Fencing Competition Committee is introducing a consolation round in 2004 for the next best six entrants that do not manage to make it to the Golden Pliers final. They will compete by erecting a standard dairy fence which will provide a great round of competition and also add an informative demonstration for farmers to watch and learn from.

The competition is proudly sponsored by Waikato Draught and Cyclone, with support from Matamata Post and Rail and Stihl.

Entry forms are available by contacting 07 843 4499 or email

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