PTS Logistics New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year
Two-time winner of the ASIA Pacific Tree Climbing competition and five-time winner of the New Zealand National Tree Climbing Championship, Scott Forrest’s tree climbing skills have taken him around the world.
Scott’s streak continued to peak in 2019 when he took out international titles at pinnacle events. Knocking out 74 competitors from 20 different countries, Scott was named the Males Masters Champion at the International Tree Climbing Competition in 2019 for the fourth time. He went on to win the Red Bull Branched Out competition, becoming the first person to claim both titles in the same year.
A member of the International Society of Arboriculture, International Husqvarna H-Team, and New Zealand Arborist Tree Climbing Committee, Scott’s contribution to the sport is invaluable.
Not just a champion on the field, Scott also assists in promoting tree climbing to a younger audience, promoting safe working practices.
Winning more than 160 Open finals since the start of the 2006-2007 season, including multiple Golden Shears and New Zealand titles, and the 2014 World Championship in Ireland – Rowland Smith is certain to be one of the best shearers in New Zealand.In March 2020, Rowland Smith won the Golden Shears Open title for a 7th time, overtaking the six of original Golden Shears household name Brian ‘Snow’ Quinn and now second only to the 16 of Sir David Fagan. Continually striving to be the best, Rowland now has his sights set on the 2023 World Championship. Not just a keen competitor, Rowland also takes a keen interest in the development of young shearers and is the key instructor and motivator at the Great Raihania Shears secondary school competition at the Hawke’s Bay A and P Show.
Tony Bouskill’s fencing skills are unrivalled. Winner of the Taumarunui Fencing Competition four years in a row, three Waverley competitions, five doubles competitions, as well as winner of every competition he entered in the last year – Tony is unstoppable.
After claiming the Golden Pliers and Silver Spades titles in 2018, as well as several other regional wins, Tony went on to have another massive year in fencing. In 2019, Tony was crowned the Fencing World Champion. After placing second and third in the Golden pliers in 2016 and 2017, Tony went on to win the Golden Pliers for the second year in a row.
Also taking out the Silver Spades title for the second year in a row, Tony then became the Speed Fencing Champion, before taking out the Hawke’s Bay regional competition and placing second in the Central Districts regional competition