TAFE Western’s 15 representatives have performed admirably at the 2016 National Merino Challenge in Sydney on the weekend.
Agriculture/Woolclassing Teacher Frank Roberts said while none of the students managed to win, it was a valuable learning experience.
“Our students went against many of the top universities in Australia and competed very well. Although we won no ribbons, the students believe the event was a success because of the exposure and networking opportunities it provided,” he said.
“It also gave participants a look into the multifaceted career pathways available in the agricultural industry.”
Mr Roberts said the commitment from the students was exemplary and evident as they had to finance their own trip to the challenge, with some support provided from sponsors:
Mr Roberts said many of the students had already expressed a desire to return and compete in next year’s event.
The overall tertiary winner was Kristy Walters from Murdoch University, the winning tertiary team was from Melbourne University, with the winning secondary team from Yanco Agricultural High.