Ve­hi­cle for her tal­ent


Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Picture: Jon Hew­son

O’CON­NOR ve­hi­cle painter Dusti-Lee Franchi (22) has been se­lected for an elite team to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the WorldSkills In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Abu Dhabi this Oc­to­ber.

She wraps up work at Stokes and Renk Panel and Paint at the end of the month and will then head into two months of train­ing in Syd­ney, a move she is both ex­cited and ner­vous about.

Funded by a Worldskills al­lowance and a go­fund­mepage – into which the RAC de­posited $10,000 about two weeks ago – Miss Franchi has a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions rest­ing on her young shoul­ders.

The South Lake res­i­dent re­turns to Tafe af­ter hours to prac­tice skills not cov­ered in her full-time job and does de­sign work at home two nights a week.

“I’m so ner­vous about the changes but I’m ex­cited to go over,” Miss Franchi said.

Known as the Skil­la­roos, the Aussie team will test its skills in its re­spec­tive trades.

Miss Franchi will be joined by gamer Alex Sch­midt (21) from Parmelia who trained at North Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe, and cab­i­net­maker Nick John­ston (20) from Roe­lands who trained with South Re­gional Tafe.

Peo­ple from 77 coun­tries will com­pete in five skills.

Aus­tralia is cur­rently ranked 12th in the world but hopes to fin­ish in the top 10 this year.­mu­ni­ d471647

Rous Head In­dus­trial Park Ve­hi­cle painter Dusti-Lee Franchi has been se­lected for WorldSkills In­ter­na­tional.

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