Jim Callinan recognised for his outstanding contribution

THE Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) will award Scone’s Jim Callinan with an esteemed Champion of the RAS honour at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Every 12 months, the RAS acknowledges and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Sydney Royal competitions and the industries they represent. 

All 15 recipients will be celebrated at a private function on Friday, March 30, with RAS dignitaries and industry representatives joining them to commend their achievements and many years of service.

After attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the first time in 1973 as a strapper, Mr Callinan was encouraged to try his hand at announcing. 

He has now been calling the camp drafting, stockhorse draft, polocrosse and pony club zone events at the show for 35 years. 

He’s also gone on to commentate at the Australian Nationals, events all over the country and two World Cups. 

“I’m lucky to have had the support of seasoned announcers who played a big part in my ‘hobby’ that I enjoy so very much,” Mr Callinan said.

“There’s no better show to catch up with old friends and see the best of the best than the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”

RAS president Robert Ryan said Mr Callinan epitomised everything the show was about: Australia’s biggest celebration of the country’s people, practices and produce. 

“The Sydney Royal Competitions are the cornerstone of the show and showcase the skill, energy, passion and produce from across rural NSW and beyond,” he said.

“The Champions of the RAS go beyond winning ribbons and trophies. 

“Many have been a part of the show community for a significant part of their lives. 

“The show would not be the world class event it is today without the dedication and tireless commitment from our exhibitors who are represented by the 2018 crop of Champions. 

“With so many different components to the show, the award recognises those who aren’t necessarily in the spotlight.” 

This year 32,000 entrants will compete across 42 competition areas and over 5500 competition classes, from livestock and domestic animals, to arts and crafts, and woodchopping. 

“The support and knowledge the Champions bring to their events help make the Sydney Royal Competitions the best of their kind in Australia,” Mr Ryan said. 

Tickets for the show are now on sale at www.eastershow.com.au and at Woolworths, and include same day public transport. 

Families from Scone can make the most of a special Showlink family ticket for $99.50, when you book online until March 22 (a 1.95 per cent processing fee and $2.50 booking fee apply). 

Visit www.eastershow.com.au to make the most of the discounts and ticket packages on offer. 

The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs from Friday, March 23, to Tuesday, April 3.