Neville Ward, Enterprise Manager, BCITO was a member of the judging panel and he commented about the high calibre of the ten very impressive finalists and said it was a privilege to hear about the individual journey these young people had taken to get to this event.
Each had a unique story to tell. Some of their achievements made one judge quite envious, as two of the finalists had Golf handicaps of 4 & 6! Finalists also included marathon runners, a former competitive cyclist and snowboarder and a few very keen and successful fishermen.
Neville noted that the workmanship was very high, it was a close race, making judging very difficult, giving the judges great appreciation for the talent coming through and the range of backgrounds the apprentices came from. There were two who had previously completed University Degrees and Corbin Hills, who placed second, had come through the Gateway school programme.
For these ten young people having to demonstrate their skills not only to the judges and under time pressure, but to the families, employers, the general public and school children that will benefit from the project, must have been very daunting.
All in all, it was good to know that while they worked hard to get to where they are today in the trade, they also have some balance in their lives. These are the future leaders from a range of backgrounds who demonstrated excellent communication with each other and the judging panel.
Our congratulations go to all the finalists in this year’s competition.
Top three finalists (left to right): Corbin Mills (2nd), Peter Ravn (1st), Kyle Tonks (3rd)
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