Gunnedah whipcrackers record best ever results at Sydney Royal

The Wicks family at the 2015 Australian Whipcracking Championship. Pictured back from left are RM Willliams representative Eloise Mackney, Katie, Narelle and Steve Wicks, Sydney Royal Easter Show CEO Michael Collins. Front: Brooke and Daniel Wicks.The Wicks have cracked it again at the RM Williams Australian Whipcracking Championships but never quite like this.

The Gunnedah family are regulars at the Sydney Royal Easter Show event but this year recorded their best performance to date.

The local whipcrackers won six of seven events, three more than last year.

Fifteen-time Australian whipcracking champion, Daniel Wicks, won the men’s open division and his third World Bullock Whip title.

He out-cracked a quality field of 23 talented bullock whippers at the show including his sister, Brooke, who placed fourth.

Daniel now holds 15 Australian whipcracking titles in juvenile, junior and men’s whipcracking divisions and nine Australian bullock whip titles.

Brooke, 18, was crowned the Australian women’s whipcracking champion for the second consecutive year, just ahead of older sister Katie in second place.

Brooke Wicks get cracking at the 2015 championship in Sydney. Photo: Emily Fitzpatrick

Brooke first contested the AWPA titles as a two-year-old with grandfather Bert Wicks.

She won all state titles contested last year but was content to settle for a top-three place in Sydney.

The road to the top hasn’t been easy for Brooke who now holds four Australian whipcracking titles.

Until recently she had the tough task of competing alongside the boys in the junior division.

Father, Steve, who won his fifth Australian title in the over 45s division at the show, said it was Brooke’s tenacity that has paved the way for her success.

“She couldn’t match the ability of the very strong male competitors in the junior division but kept up the training to do harder routines,” Steve said.

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After throwing everything she had into her training, Brooke is now reaping the rewards of her hard work and diligence.

Hosted by Australian Whipcrackers and Plaiters Association, the national championship attracts the best whips from across all Australian states and territories.

Steve credited much of the family success to son, Dan.

“Having Dan as a mentor to the others was really good,” Steve said of the 23-year-old.

“All the kids there listen to him and look up to him.”

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