Florist of the fu­ture fan­fare

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

BLOOM­ING florist Tamika Mackrell is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the In­ter­flora Aus­tralian Florist of the Fu­ture.

Tamika, who works at Flo­ral Edge in Port Dou­glas, took out top spot in the un­der-25’s cat­e­gory against four na­tional florists at the Sebel Ho­tel in Cairns last week­end, cap­ti­vat­ing the judges with her flo­ral de­signs to win a $3000 study grant and a Waterford Crys­tal tro­phy.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to win, there was some tough com­pe­ti­tion and lots of the com­peti­tors were pre­vi­ous win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion, which was quite daunt­ing,” she said.

“Thank­fully I stayed con­sis­tent over the five dif­fer­ent rounds of com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning first in two cat­e­gories, and sec­ond in the re­main­ing three sec­tions, to win over­all.”

Tamika was flown to Lon­don last year on a $5000 In­ter­flora schol­ar­ship to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in floristry at the World Skills In­ter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion, com­ing 13th in the world.

She now hopes to use her prize to visit Chelsea Flower Show in Lon­don to fur­ther her ed­u­ca­tion in floristry.

“These com­pe­ti­tions can of­fer an in­ter­na­tional path­way, and my aim is to keep com­pet­ing, keep learn­ing and im­prov­ing my skills and hope­fully make a name for my­self as a de­signer one day,” she said.

BLOOM­ING CA­REER: Tamika Mackrell won the Florist of the Fu­ture

Photo MCLEAN STE­WART

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