TasTAFE wool classing student, Matilda Scott, has won a national wool-classing competition.
Matilda (pictured centre) won the 2018 AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show last week.
The competition brings together the best graduate wool classers from across Australia to compete for the major award of 1st Prize – Golden Stencil.
TasTAFE, and wool classing teacher Evelyn Archer, also received the 12th Dennis Teasdale Perpetual Trophy awarded to the training organisation and trainer of the competition winner.
Matilda completed a Certificate IV in Wool Classing at TasTAFE in 2017.
During the competition the national finalists classed superfine merino, medium merino and crossbred clip. They also completed a timed AWEX-ID appraisal task and a presentation to judges.
Matilda, whose family runs sheep farm, Myrtlewood, at Conara, said she was thrilled to win.
“I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced. It was quite amazing. I was ecstatic and I can’t believe it.”
She said working on the family farm, and her TasTAFE course, had prepared her well for the competition.
“A lot of what we had to do in the competition was similar to some of the workshop tasks we did through the TasTAFE course which was great.
“The course was really good. I learnt so much, not just about classing but the processing line. It all linked in really well with the actual wool growing.”
She said the fact that the course was delivered at Roberts Limited’s wool store at Western Junction meant that students were able to gain practical experience and see wool samples first-hand.
Matilda was selected to represent Tasmania and TasTAFE at the competition by TasTAFE wool classing teacher, Evelyn Archer.
“The decision to ask Matilda to represent TasTAFE at the National Wool Classer graduate competition was easy. Matilda is a great all-rounder with a passion for learning about wool. During her studies, Matilda showed a great understanding of wool valuing, which has proven to be a tough section in the competition,” Ms Archer said.
Matilda is now studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania.
She has just purchased a ram and several ewes to start her own merino stud.
Matilda is the third TasTAFE wool classing graduate to represent Tasmania in the past four years. Last year Casey Patterson finished third in the competition.
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