Three young women take out top wool classing honours

Three young women take out top wool classing honours


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Matilda Scott, Conara, Tasmania, has been awarded the 2018 Golden Stencil, as a part of the AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Matilda Scott, Conara, Tasmania, has been awarded the 2018 Golden Stencil, as a part of the AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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PARTICIPANTS: Lena Price, Pyramul, NSW, Sophie Watson, Kentucky, NSW (third place), Harry Kemp, Binnaway, NSW, Matilda Scott, Conara, Tas (first place), Jack Finch, Forbes, NSW, Josie Post, Wudinna, SA (third place), and Tom Hurley, Boorowa, NSW.

PARTICIPANTS: Lena Price, Pyramul, NSW, Sophie Watson, Kentucky, NSW (third place), Harry Kemp, Binnaway, NSW, Matilda Scott, Conara, Tas (first place), Jack Finch, Forbes, NSW, Josie Post, Wudinna, SA (third place), and Tom Hurley, Boorowa, NSW.

The competition brings together the best graduate wool classers from across Australia to compete for this major award.

Ms Scott graduated from TAS TAFE, and was trained by Evelyn Archer, and takes home a $500 prize.

Second place, Silver Stencil, was awarded to Josie Post, Wudinna, SA, while third place, Bronze Stencil, was won by Sophie Watson, Kentucky, NSW.

AWEX CEO Mark Grave said this is the seventh running of the national competition, which has firmly entrenched itself as a key event of the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

“What is particularly pleasing is that we have some very talented and younger people coming into the industry; this is something we should celebrate,” Mr Grave said.

All finalists completed the tasks of classing crossbred, medium Merino and fine Merino wool, as well as exercises in AWEX-ID, valuation and an oral presentation to the judges.

Ms Scott demonstrated her all-round ability to class wool and perform under the unique pressured environment of the competition.

“TAFE organisations across the country nominate their best graduate from the previous year,” Mr Grave said.

“To be nominated is an honour that has been earned and they are to be congratulated on achieving this recognition.”

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