Ella ready for ‘Tradie Olympics’

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Ella is study­ing a diploma of beauty ther­apy with GOTAFE in Wan­garatta and will be part of 12 Gold Medal­lists from GOTAFE to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the ‘Tradie Olympics’ held over three day from June 2-4..

They will join the 86 strong team rep­re­sent­ing Vic­to­ria on the na­tional stage against over 500 Aus­tralians com­pet­ing in 60 trades and skills cat­e­gories.

Ella is em­ployed at Ruther­glen’s Silken Drag­on­fly where she puts her beauty ther­apy skills to use each day she works.

Ella told the Free Press she is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing against the best in her field but be­fore she does she will fit in some ex­tra train­ing where she can.

“It’s come around so quick and I am so ex­cited for it,” she said.

“I think it will be a great op­por­tu­nity for me to meet oth­ers in the field.

“There are four other beauty ther­a­pists in Vic­to­ria com­pet­ing, but I don’t know how many oth­ers there are from the other states that I will be up against.”

Ella fin­ished with a high score of 94 at the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion that in­volved stu­dents per­form­ing a series of treat­ments over a six­hour pe­riod in­clud­ing a fa­cial, wax­ing through to a French man­i­cure, evening make-up, lash and brow tint­ing.

GOTAFE Project Of­fi­cer for WorldSkills, Cal­lum Ross, is ex­cited about the GOTAFE stu­dents com­pet­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have the biggest con­tin­gent in Vic­to­ria head­ing to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and we are ready to show Aus­tralia what we are made of,” said Cal­lum.

“I would like to ex­tend a huge thank you the Em­ploy­ers and Train­ers of our com­peti­tors. There is a great deal of prepa­ra­tion in­volved to get to the Na­tional stage.

“We’d like to con­grat­u­late all of our com­peti­tors. They are al­ready win­ners in our eyes, we can’t wait to cheer them on.”

Ella hopes the com­pe­ti­tion will help get her name out in the beauty ther­apy in­dus­try.

“Peo­ple in the in­dus­try will be at the com­pe­ti­tion and will see what I can do,” she said.

WorldSkills is the biggest vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and skills ex­cel­lence event in the world, held ev­ery two years, bring­ing to­gether the best young peo­ple from across the world. Held in Dar­ling Har­bour, Sydney, the WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pi­onships will see 500 com­peti­tors aged 16-24 years rep­re­sent­ing 60 skills.

With more than 20,000 spec­ta­tors, 300 judges, 120 vol­un­teers and $10 mil­lion worth of ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment, com­peti­tors will spend up to 20 hours bat­tling it out with the na­tion’s best tradies.

WorldSkills Aus­tralia op­er­ates in 31 re­gions across Aus­tralia in­clud­ing the Goul­burn Val­ley and North East, with the win­ners in with a chance to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the ma­jor world ti­tle held in Rus­sia in 2019. WorldSkills Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, “Skills Show Aus­tralia 2018” will be held at ICC Dar­ling Har­bour, Sydney from Satur­day 2 June to Mon­day 4 June 2018.

Af­ter win­ning gold at the Re­gional Worldskills Com­pe­ti­tion last Oc­to­ber, beauty ther­a­pist Ella James will now com­pete in the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Sydney this Fri­day.

Beauty ther­a­pist Ella James will com­pete in the Na­tional Worldskills Cham­pi­onships this week.

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