Great ef­fort

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla’s Per­rin Larke has re­cently re­turned from rep­re­sent­ing De­latite Ford at the World Skills Australia Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney.

Per­rin placed fourth in Australia in the Automotive com­pe­ti­tion and said it was a great com­pe­ti­tion to be a part of.

‘‘They run re­gional com­pe­ti­tions around Australia and I came out on top in the cen­tral Vic­to­ria re­gion last year, so I had the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t think, when I com­peted in the re­gional tour­na­ment, that I’d have the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

‘‘The TAFE teacher told me I could have a go at it, but I didn’t think that I’d get quite this far.’’

The Vic­to­rian rep­re­sen­ta­tives had the op­por­tu­nity to go to Mel­bourne for a prac­tice run, but were still in the dark as to what they would be do­ing in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We didn’t have a whole lot of in­for­ma­tion on ex­actly what we’d be do­ing,’’ Per­rin said.

‘‘But we did know what went on last year, so it al­lowed us to have a lit­tle bit of prepa­ra­tion.

‘‘We went up to Syd­ney last week­end for the tour­na­ment, which they held at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

‘‘It was just mas­sive, ev­ery trade you can pos­si­bly think of was there com­pet­ing.

‘‘In the automotive sec­tion there were tasks in­volv­ing wheel align­ments, en­gine man­age­ment, body/electrics and breaks/sus­pen­sion.

‘‘You could say I was ner­vous. The nerves were there well and truly. I ended up plac­ing fourth and it was a pretty close com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Be­tween first and sec­ond there was 0.1 of a point and I was only 4.3 off first place and only 1.3 be­hind bronze. I came so close to Bronze I’m kick­ing my­self.’’

Per­rin, who has been an ap­pren­tice at De­latite Ford for three years, said he hopes to be fully qual­i­fied by the end of the year and wants to thank all those who helped him get to the World Skills Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Well done: De­latite ford ap­pren­tice Per­rin Larke (top) cel­e­brates an amaz­ing achieve­ment at the WorldSkills Australia awards with his co-work­ers.

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