SAY­ING G’DAY TO USA

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HARD work has paid off in the form of a trip of a life­time for a Chin­chilla lo­cal.

Ger­ard Bel­grove of Ainsworth Mo­tors has won a com­pe­ti­tion through New Hol­land Trac­tors, one which is jet-set­ting him to the other side of the world.

Mr Bel­grove beat hun­dreds of peo­ple Aus­tralia-wide in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The comp was in re­la­tion to pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture sales, so GPSs in trac­tors. It was a mat­ter of per­cent­age of tar­gets on GPS sales,” Mr Bel­grove said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion ran from Jan­uary to June, the tar­gets I set were pretty high but achiev­able. The cus­tomers in the area have re­ally sup­ported me.

“There was 15 spots up for grabs and I got one of them.”

Mr Bel­grove has won him­self a nine-day trip to the United States, one that will in­cor­po­rate both work and re­lax­ation.

“It’s a planned study tour, so we’re go­ing to Farm Progress which is a mas­sive agri­cul­tural field day in Illi­nois.

“We are also go­ing to the New Hol­land fac­tory, which is in New Hol­land in Penn­syl­va­nia.

“We’ve also got a cou­ple of days in New York do­ing touristy things, so that will be amaz­ing.”

Mr Bel­grove is look­ing for­ward to con­nect­ing with the pow­ers that be within New Hol­land.

“It’s go­ing to be re­ally good to see the in­no­va­tion in Amer­ica, es­pe­cially in the pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture space. That will be un­real.

❝ We’ve also got a cou­ple of days in New York do­ing touristy things, so that will be amaz­ing.

— Ger­ard Bel­grove

“I’ll get to see some of the New Hol­land hi­er­ar­chy, who we rarely get to see in Aus­tralia.”

Sur­pris­ingly, it isn’t the first time Mr Bel­grove has won an in­ter­na­tional trip.

“A cou­ple of years ago I won a sim­i­lar trip to New Zealand, but this is to Amer­ica and I can’t wait,” he said.

Mr Bel­grove de­parts for the US on Tues­day.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

STOKED: Ger­ard Bel­grove from Ainsworth Mo­tors is look­ing for­ward to Amer­ica.

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