Australia’s top young Graphic Designer (Gold Medal winner from our Sydney Skills Show) took on the challenge and performed exceptional well.
We both learnt a stack from our hosts, including past competitor and gold medalist Jarrod Wood, Kiwi expert Sherein Abdel-Al and Medallion of Excellence winner in Abu Dhabi 2017 (now judge) Sarah Browning.
A few rush notes for reflection:
- Whilst it was a tiny national event and only nine skills showcased at Wintec, there is a great passion and buoyancy in the WS NZ team. Even the CEO, Malcolm Harris picked us up at 5:30am from Auckland Airport to bring us down to Hamilton. Very welcoming and generous hosts. Humble — Like Hobbits I guess.
- Worldskills starts at the regional level, but it is a vast island and logistically, tricky to drive around. With tight funding, NZ has an uphill battle to train and engage their young people to excel in vocational and trade-based skills.
- All competitors need to know how CIS works and the ins-and-outs of judgment and measurement marking keys. It should form a sizeable amount (in the early stages, around 40–50% of their theoretical training.) This awareness improves the competitor’s creative skills, time management and is the quickest way to gain points, confidence and momentum on the Skills Squad early.
- It isn’t a holiday. We have done zero sight-seeing. But, we have deepened relationships with our closest natural ally and immersed ourselves in competition training. It has been well worth the investment of time.
- Behind the positive travel reports, new friendships, happy snaps and confidence building, there is the sound of a clock ticking and a mountain of improvement still requiring traversing. Participating in the NZ nationals so soon after the Skills Show in Sydney has provided a much needed boost and re-calibration.
Big high-fives for Indy and a sincere thanks to our hosts (Sherein, Sarah and Martin), competitors and the broader Team NZ.