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.