Arborist champ aims high
Nicky Ward-Allen won her sixth national tree climbing title at Auckland’s Albert Park this month.
The 36-year-old arborist, who has been competing since 2004, says she is happy with the achievement.
Ward-Allen has always loved trees. Growing up with four brothers, she was always following them around their farm, looking for things to do, especially their favourite past time climbing.
‘‘I was always trailing them about on the farm and wanting to do what they did, like tree climbing and tree hut building,’’ WardAllen says.
Discovering arboriculture as a career at university changed her life and influenced one of her biggest decisions.
‘‘I didn’t realise arboriculture was a career until I saw an advert for the arb course available in Hamilton at Wintec. - tree
‘‘With four jobs for every graduate, overseas work readily available, and a chance to work outdoors in a job that is both physically and mentally demanding, I switched from studying a BSc to doing the Wintec course.
‘‘Tree climbing is an industry based sport that is a natural extension of my job.’’
Ward-Allen now prepares for the Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championships in Hong Kong on November 26.
Nicky Ward-Allen has always loved climbing trees.